Okada Riders Drags Sanwo-Olu to Court over Ban of Operation

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CEM REPORT | Motorcycle Riders “Okada” have filled a suit against the Lagos State Government over the ban of its operation in the State.

The riders under the umbrella of Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria, MTUN, and others filled the suit before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

In the suit the deponents are praying for a declaration that the ban on okada “is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.”

The suit numbered FHC/L/CS/1016/2022, lists Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, Lagos State Task Force, Lagos State and Commissioner for Transport, Dr Fredric Oladeinde as the defendants, according to Vanguard report.

The applicant through the suit are praying the court to declare “the purported proposed ban of the commercial motorcycle transportation in Lagos State by the governor, without hearing from the operators whose rights are affected or likely to be affected is a violation of the constitutional rights of the applicants provided for and encapsulated in Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.”

The applicants also seek a declaration that the ban of the business of commercial motorcyclists in Lagos by the government “is a violation of the rights of the applicants guaranteed by Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution as amended who cannot be alive without food and other means of sustenance and whose income is the business of commercial motorcycle transportation.”

They further prayed the court to compel the government through an order to provide jobs for the teeming commercial motorcycle riders in the state.

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The deponents further urged the state government to restrict Okada operations on major highways to “approved areas”, rather than banning their operations.

One of the deponent Pastor Emmanuel Donatus, in an affidavit in support of the application stated that he and other operators had no means of sustenance apart from the business of Okada.

He added that during the regime of the former Governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, the union was engaged by the government on how to regulate their operation in the state, including issuing identification cards to members and others.

Donatus maintained that by regulating the activities and operations of the riders, motorcycle related crimes will be reduced.

The suit, however is yet to be assigned as at time of filing this report.

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