#OkadaBan: Bonfire As Okada, Tricycle Riders, Police Clash in Lagos

Some aggrieved people believed to be riders of motorcycles and tricycles, on Monday, took to the streets to protest their ban by the Lagos State Government.

At Ijora area of the state on Monday, they reportedly clashed with police officers, who were attempting to stop the protest embarked upon by the riders.

During the protest, which started in the morning, the protesters blocked the road, burning tyres.

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The riders, who carried placards with different inscriptions, demanded the suspension of the planned ban on the motorcycle and tricycle riders in 6 local council government areas of the state and nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs). They include Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LG, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs and Ikeja LGA, Others are Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

The riders lamented that the ban would not only take their means of livelihood but also render them jobless.

Meanwhile, the ban has left many commuters stranded Bus Stops. This has made them trek long distances and pay higher transportation fares to their destinations since the ban commenced.

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The Lagos State Government had on January 26 announced that it would commence enforcement of the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 from February 1.

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