The Lagos State Task Force has impounded 22 branded commercial motorcycles called ‘Gokada’ for violating the state road traffic laws.
The Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed this today during an enforcement operation on motorcyclists operating on restricted routes around Ikeja, Ojota, and Maryland.
Egbeyemi, who said the activities of the branded commercial motorcycle operators were illegal and without valid documentation by the state government, ordered the owners and operators of ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ to comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012.
He added that in accordance with the law, no commercial motorcycle operator was allowed to operate on 475 restricted routes, including highways and bridges across the state.
“The government enjoined members of the public to henceforth desist from patronising commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as the passengers are also liable to prosecution.
“It was an eyesore seeing the operators of these newly-branded commercial motorcycles, ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’, in competition for the right of way with motorists on highways and bridges across the state”
Egbeyemi, however, stated that the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, has directed that 10 arrested riders be immediately charged to court for prosecution.
One of the arrested ‘Gokada’ rider, Mr Ayeni Francis, who claimed to be paying N3,000 per day to the authorities said they were not aware of any documentation with the government.”