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19 Jan 2020

Adebanjo, Okunronmu, YCE tackle Tinubu over silence on Operation Amotekun

Afenifere chieftains Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Senator Femi Okurounmu, on Saturday, lambasted the All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, for his refusal to speak up on the Western Nigerian Security Network code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’.

Tinubu’s Spokesman, Tunde Rahman, however, said the APC chieftain would speak at the appropriate time.

Tinubu, who is a former Lagos State governor and leading politicians in the South-West, is yet to speak on Amotekun security initiative launched by the six South-West governors 10 days ago.

The initiative ignited a controversy almost as soon as it was launched with the Federal Government and some leaders and interest groups in the North voicing opposition to the scheme while leaders of thought and the populace of the South West have shown overwhelming support for the initiative.

Tinubu’s continued silence on the matter has raised a few eyebrows given the strong support expressed for the initiative by the majority of Yoruba leaders across political divides.

Speaking with Sunday PUNCH, however, 91-year-old Adebanjo said Tinubu shouldn’t have formed an alliance with the North in the first place.

He said, “It was the likes of Tinubu that told us that the South-West would enjoy many privileges but what has the South-West benefitted from the alliance?  He shouldn’t have forged an alliance with them in the first place.

“He asked the Yoruba people to vote for him (Buhari) and that things would be better. Now that they are being slaughtered and they don’t want us to have our security, you are keeping quiet all because you are being deceived that you will become the President which you will never be.

“I have continued to tell him that they are just deceiving him and he is deceiving himself. Which promise has Buhari made and fulfilled? In 2015, he said he would be a born again democrat but does he even obey court orders?”

Adebanjo said the silence of the likes of Tinubu would let the Yoruba people know who their real leaders were.

He said the Federal Government had no right to discredit Amotekun when it had failed to provide adequate security.

The Afenifere chieftain added, “I have always told you that the Yoruba people know who their real leaders are. The problems that the Yoruba people are facing today were caused by men like Tinubu. If they had not gone to forge an alliance with Buhari, we wouldn’t be in this problem.

“I told them then that Buhari was only after power. If not, how is it that they neither want to protect us nor allow us to protect ourselves? Why is the North allowed to have security agencies while we are not allowed to protect ourselves against armed persons?

“The police refuse to do anything because of the President’s body language. How could they have killed the daughter of our leader (Pa Reuben Fasoranti) and there has not been a single arrest?

Also speaking, Senator Okurounmu said Tinubu’s silence had exposed him for what he is.

Okunrounmu, who represented Ogun-Central senatorial district from 1999 to 2007, said Tinubu did not need any prodding before speaking up.

The former lawmaker said, “Tinubu doesn’t need to be prompted before speaking. We have all been speaking on the matter. Their silence is ominous. This thing was launched by the governors, not Afenifere. And such initiatives should be supported by all Yoruba people.

“Yoruba people are not idiots, we are not fools. If he doesn’t talk now, then we will know how to describe him. Nobody needs to tell us what he is. Nobody needs to call him anything. Even the illiterate man knows what he is.

“If the ordinary man on the street is in support of Amotekun, if all Yoruba people say this is what they want and he is refusing to talk, then his silence has exposed him for what he is. His silence speaks loudly.”

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH said he expected Tinubu to have spoken on the issue of Operation Amotekun before now.

The YCE scribe said, “I expect him to have spoken much earlier. We are in a democracy and he (Tinubu) is the leader of the ruling party, as far as I am concerned, in the country and majority of the states in the South-West.

“But of course he also has the right to keep quiet if he doesn’t want to say anything. However, the general expectation of the Yoruba people is that being a political leader, he should speak on this type of issue.

“The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, is challenging the legality of our entrenched constitutional right to protect our lives and property. I expect our political leader (Tinubu) to be in the forefront of rebuking whoever authored the statement. We see him as a leader and we expect him to say something.”

However, Rahman who is Tinubu’s Media Adviser, said, “His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, would not take issue with anybody on the important matter of Amotekun.

“You know he is a deeply reflective person and a deep thinker. I know that at the appropriate time he would speak on the matter. What time is appropriate is his prerogative in my view. And I think we must all grant him that indulgence.”

Anxiety as politicians embark on prayer sessions over Supreme Court Judgement

Some politicians and other stakeholders in Bauchi are having ‘sleepless nights’ as they await the outcome of Supreme Court verdict on the governorship election, to be delivered on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent monitoring the development reports that for the past one week, supporters and members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), had been voicing their optimism of emerging victorious.

The level of anxiety, as well as optimism by both sides are being reflected on daily basis in political programmes aired by radio stations across the state.

Alhaji Uba Nana, Chairman of the APC in the state, told NAN that his party had embarked on a prayer session ahead of the Supreme Court verdict.

Nana, who reserved all comments till after the judgement, said the party was hoping for a successful outcome at the apex court.

“We are reserving our comments until after the verdict on Monday; we have nothing much to say but I can tell you that we are very prayerful now.

“We are in prayers and hoping for a successful outcome at the Supreme Court on Monday,” Nana said.

Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, also told NAN that his party had absolute trust in the Supreme Court and believed that justice would not only be done, but would be seen to have been done.

“As it is now, the judiciary is the only hope of upholding the mandate given to Gov. Bala Mohammad by the people of Bauchi State.

“We have trust that the court would do justice in delivering its judgement; we have no fear at all and just as we won the election without rigging, by God’s grace, we will have course to celebrate,” he said.

A member of one of the parties who pleaded for anonymous, told NAN that in an event of their losing at the apex court, he and others had decided to leave Bauchi.

“The tension is so palpable and expectations for success, very high; we cannot withstand losing out because the embarrassment will be enormous; we will rather leave in an event of failure at the Supreme Court,” he vowed.

Meanwhile, NAN checks revealed that some politicians in the state had resorted to spending their nights in the mosque, praying to God to grant their parties, victory at the apex court.

A prominent politician in Bauchi, who confirmed this development to NAN on condition of anonymity, said because of the dicey situation at hand, himself and others were not willing to take chances.

“Some of us resolved to leave the comfort of our bedrooms and turn to God for salvation.

“We stay overnight in the mosque praying because, as Muslims, we know that All Mighty He often grants requests pleaded for during late night,” he revealed.

It would be recalled the incumbent governor, Bala Mohammed of PDP, had himself told newsmen shortly after his victory at the Appeal Court in Jos, that he could not sleep a day to the Jos verdict.

The governor is now in United Kingdom on medical checkups, according to an earlier statement by his Media Aide, Muktar Gidado.

Also speaking to NAN, DSP Kamal Abubakar, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers, assured that the command was on top of the situation as it had taken adequate measure to ensure that there was no break-down of law and order after the verdict.

He said security men in all strategic locations within the state had been placed on the alert, adding that the command had also invited stakeholders of both parties for a dialogue.

He said that members of the two parties had been barred from any form of celebration after the judgement to prevent breakdown of law and order.

Kamal called on the people of the state to accept whatever the judgement would be as the will of God.

Obasanjo Breaks silence on his son’s crashed marriage to Adebutu’s daughter

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the crashed marriage between his son, Olujuwon and the daughter of his friend, a prominent philanthropist, Chief Kesington Adebutu, has nothing to do with their friendship.

Obasanjo broke his silence on Saturday in Abeokuta, two years after the marriage crumbled during the conferment of first honorary member on Adebutu at the 45th President’s party of Abeokuta Sports Club.

The children of the two prominent Nigerians got married in May 2017 but later broke up nearly one year later.

Obasanjo, who handled the conferment on Adebutu on behalf of the club, said their children got married of their own volition hence, he and his friend should not be made to pay for the consequence of the crashed marriage.

He said, “The honoree of today has rendered marvelous services to Egbaland. The Park Inn, which is the old Gateway Hotel, would have still remained in derelict if not for the services, commitment of the honoree.

“One thing you never said about him and I wonder why the citation left that out, you know not too long ago my son and your daughter on their own decided to get married but what happened to their marriage is between them, not between us.

“But Odole (his chieftaincy title) is our in-law and not just ordinary in-law but in-law from a distinguished family. Mama Ibeji on his right is from Ake, daughter of Toye Coker. On behalf of the grand patron, patron, vice patrons, President and all the officials and members of Abeokuta Club, and by the power conferred on me for this special occasion, I do confer honorary membership of Abeokuta Club on Odole Oodua, Sir Kesington Adebutu.”

President of Abeokuta Club, Tokunbo Odebunmi, in his speech described Adebutu as a philanthropist, saying he didn’t need to be introduced because of his immense contributions to the economy.

He said, “Adebutu is a man that needs no introduction judging by his immense contributions to the economic development of Egbaland and mankind in general and this honour is our own humble way of appreciating his numerous contributions in Egbaland.

“For us in Abeokuta Club, service to humanity is what we hold in high esteem and this is brought to bear through different socio-cultural activities tailored towards improving our immediate society and of course this is what we have in common with the distinguished awardee of today.”

In his remarks, Adebutu appreciated the club for the honour and promised to continue his philanthropic gestures.

He, however, called for government’s support to the club on its projects which he described as essentials to the development of the state.

Ansaru militant group claims responsibility for attack on Emir in the north

Ansaru, a militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the convoy of Umaru Bubaram, emir of Potiskum in Yobe state.

Bulama Bukarti, an analyst and human rights lawyer who shared the development on Twitter, raised concerns that the attack might be a signal of the comeback of Ansaru, which was established in 2012.

One of the group’s last known attacks was in February 2013 when seven foreign nationals were kidnapped from a compound owned by the Lebanese construction company Setraco in Kano.

The attack on the emir occurred along the Kaduna-Zaria highway on Wednesday and at least six lives were lost.

The emir was on his way to Zaria, Kaduna, on a tour of some traditional institutions in the north as part of preparations for the official inauguration of the Potiskum Central Mosque, Yobe slated for Saturday.

When he returned to his kingdom after the attack, the emir said he slept in the bush overnight after the gunmen shot sporadically for two hours.

He said the scene was like a battlefield.

“We were just about thirty seconds from our discussion then the sound of gunshots erupted. The gunshots were unbelievable. It was just like a war field,” the emir told reporters at his palace.

“Instantly, I saw my pilot driver swerved and then hit a standing vehicle. I suspected the shooting affected him and the police people around him.

“As the shooting was going on, we decided to abandon our vehicles and take to safety. God in His infinite mercy led me to escape the danger zone. The gunshots continued for almost two hours. I continued trekking into the bush until when the sound of the guns was a bit far off from me. That is how I found myself, it’s God mercy that helped me to escape danger zone.”

There’s no progress in the fight against Boko Haram, says European Union

The European parliament, legislative branch of the European Union, says there has not been progress in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

The parliament made this remark in its resolution of January 16, 2020.

In the past weeks, the insurgents had carried out a series of attacks on civilians and the military.

On Christmas eve, a faction of Boko Haram affiliated to the Islamic State, killed 11 Christian captives in Borno, saying the action was taken to avenge the deaths of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS’ late leader and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, its spokesman, who were killed in Syria in October.

Many were stranded on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road when insurgents launched attacks on villages along that road. The convoy of a military commander was also attacked with his driver feared dead along same road.

Commenting on these attacks, the parliament said the security situation in Nigeria has deteriorated significantly.

In passing its resolution, the parliament “deplores the terrorist attacks which have taken place in the country; reiterates its concern about the protracted crisis in Nigeria and the volatile security situation in the north-east, and strongly condemns the repeated violations of human rights, international and humanitarian law, whether based on religion or ethnicity.

“Condemns in particular the recent increase in violence against ethnic and religious communities, including the targeting of religious institutions and worshippers.

“Deplores that progress has stalled in the fight against Boko Haram, ISWAP and the increased occurrence and severity of suicide attacks and direct attacks against military positions; recalls that Nigeria’s President Buhari was re-elected in 2019 on the promise of defeating the violent extremism promoted by Boko Haram and other terror groups, and urges the President to implement his campaign promises.

“Urges the Nigerian authorities to guarantee respect for human rights in the country, and to protect the civilian population from terrorism and violence; insists that such efforts must be conducted in full accordance with respect for human rights and the rule of law, in line with the country’s international obligations.

“Considers any form of extermination of human beings or ethnic cleansing barbaric and a crime against humanity; urges the Nigerian Government to address the root causes of violence by ensuring equal rights for all citizens and non-discrimination legislation; insists, in this regard, on the need to further promote inter-religious dialogue and the peaceful coexistence of citizens irrespective of their religion, engaging with all relevant stakeholders, including the Nigerian Inter-religious Council.”

The parliament said it is deeply worried by the reports of ill-treatment of children detained in military facilities and called on the Nigerian authorities to allow the UN access to its military detention facilities, sign a formal handover protocol to ensure that children detained by the military are quickly transferred to appropriate child protection authorities.

Reminding the Nigerian authorities of the obligation to protect the rights of children and to ensure protection and provide care to those affected by terrorism or conflict, the parliament asked the government to ensure children have access access to education as education and economic opportunities are powerful tools against radicalisation.

Operation Amotekun: Ignore FG, Jemibewon, Oyinlola, others tell govs

Retired military leaders on Saturday endorsed the Western Nigeria Security Network initiative of the six  South-West governors to check criminal activities in the zone.

In their separate interviews with Sunday PUNCH, they said the security outfit code-named Operation Amotekun would help to address the security problems in the South-West.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said  on Tuesday  declared the outfit illegal.

Speaking in an interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday, a former Minister of Police Affairs, Major General David Jemibewon, argued that security arrangements at different levels were imperative to address the security challenges facing  the country.

Jemibewon,  who was the  military governor of  the now-defunct Western State from 1975 to 1976,  said there was  a need to have security arrangements at the three tiers of government, insisting   Operation Amoketun was not an illegal  outfit.

The ex- military governor of Oyo State said, “The governors never committed any illegal act. What are the governors for?  If the fundamental responsibility of government is to ensure safety of life  and property,  I do not see how anyone can turn around to say it (Operation Amotekun) is illegal or wrong to do that.”

Jemibewon said it would be unreasonable for a governor not to make efforts  to secure his state “in the belief that the Federal Government will secure the nation”.

He said South-West governors could go to court  stop the Federal Government from stopping  the outfit.

“Amotekun  (officials) are not police;  it’s just a local arrangement to support in the area of security. I do not think they are competing with the police.”

The ex-soldier recalled how the FG resisted the establishment of the road safety corps in Oyo State only to turn around to adopt the outfit now named  Federal Road Safety Corps.

He said, “I know when we started the road safety corps in the West, in Oyo State, we had opposition.  It was later that the FG saw that it was beautiful and then made it a federal institution.

“People thought that by establishing it, we were taking over police work. But I am happy it has become a federal institution  today and I think, anybody who thinks or wants to abrogate  the FRSC will have some difficulties.”

Ex-military administrator of Lagos, Brig Gen Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said people had the right to evolve new security strategies if the government failed to protect them.

He said Operation  Amotekun had the backing of everyone in the South-West and faulted the AGF’s statement declaring the outfit illegal.

Oyinlola said, “I believe the Federal Government was wrong. I pioneered the establishment of the special joint forces to combat crimes in this country with the establishment of Operation Sweep on May 15, 1995, in Lagos when I was military administrator.

“I did it at a time when criminals almost took over Lagos from the government because of the political crisis engendered by the annulment of the June 12, 1993  (presidential) election and the detention of the winner.

“With the support of the people, Operation Sweep did very well and all my successors, from Mohammed Marwa to Sanwo-Olu have kept to that template and improved on it.

“Almost all the states have copied it under different code names but the introduction of  Operation Amotekun, I am sure, will infuse new ideas into these structures and fill the gaps in our security ecosystem. The Federal Government should just key into the system instead of seeking to kill it.”

The ex-Osun State governor  told  South-West governors to go ahead with the initiative and continually improve on it, warning that they should guard against using it for politics.

Major  General  Abiodun Role  said  a centralised policing system had outlived its usefulness, adding that the move by the governors was long overdue.

He said, “I believe South-West governors have taken the bull by the horns and then two, three days after they launched Amotekun, Benue and Nasarawa  governors met to also discuss the issue. South-East governors  are also beginning to think, we have to start thinking.”

Ex-Provost Marshal of the Nigeria Army,   Brig Gen Idada Ikponmwen, said the insecurity in the country was clear evidence of the need for fundamental reform in the structure of the police.

According to him, the concept of governors being the chief security officers in their states imposes clear responsibility on them to have their own outfit to ensure security as well as ensuring  law and order in their states.

He added, “As far as I am concerned, the idea of outlawing the effort in establishing Amotekun is unsustainable. Nothing can relate better to grassroots policing than Operation Amotekun. In my candid view, other zones should emulate what  South-West governors have done.”

Ex-military administrator of Ogun State, Col Daniel Akintonde, however, cautioned the governors against taking the FG  to court over  the outfit, stressing that the slow pace of justice would frustrate them.

He said, “I want it (security outfit) done at the state level because northern states are doing it. Because doing it at the regional level might be seen as a means to divide the country.”

But ex-Director of the  Directorate of Military Intelligence, Col Kunle Toogun, urged the governors to go ahead with Operation Amotekun, insisting that they had the right to protect their people “because that was the most important responsibility they have as the chief security officers of their states”.

He said the FG had failed to ensure the safety of the life and property in the region.

Toogun said, “Why should they not go ahead with Operation Amotekun? I will ask them to go ahead with it. Amotekun is just like community police and this is the way things are done in other parts of the world.  There are other outfits such as Hisbah police and the Civilian Joint Task Force in the North. Why will Malami declare one illegal and okay others?”

Former Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Justy Erhabor, said, “In the first place, the AGF’s declaration of Amotekun as illegal does not amount to an enforceable judgment of a competent court. This is a defining moment for South-West governors. They either stand with their people or betray them. The mere mention of Amotekun is already making  the South-West safe.”

PHOTOS: The moment the world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua Meets President Buhari

World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, met with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday, in the United Kingdom.

In a video and picture that surfaced online, the heavyweight champion was seen prostrating before the President.

He also presented his heavyweight belts to the retired major general.

Joshua’s action attracted accolades from the president’s aides and his family members, who attended the meeting.

Recall that Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr, a Mexican boxer, six months after the Nigerian-born-boxer lost the titles.

The British boxer was born to a Nigerian-Irish father, Robert Joshua, and a Nigerian mother, Yeta Odusanya.

Joshua’s father (Robert) is the grandson of one of Sagamu’s greatest men and late patriarch Omo-Oba Daniel Adebambo Joshua, who was born in 1882.

Ruiz had won the match in Madison Square, New York, while Joshua reclaimed the tiles in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

The judges unanimously adjudged Joshua winner with 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 over Ruiz Jr and made history by winning the first world heavyweight title bout in the Middle East.

The 30-year-old now has his WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles back.

He is the fourth deposed world heavyweight champion to win an immediate rematch in 127-year history of the category — 11th fighter to have attempted it.

18 Jan 2020

Peruzzi Finally Breaks Silence On Golden Boy Rift With Davido, Release Evidence

Given the whole brouhaha concerning Golden Boy Entertainment and Davido's DMW, fans have been expecting a response from Peruzzi and he has finally told his own part of the story.
After the back and forth between Davido and King Patrick of Golden Boy, which led to some secrets about Peruzzi's alleged true relationship with Chioma being spilled, Peruzzi has spoken up.

Taking to his Twitter page, he first put up a series of build up tweets before he started spilling his side of the story as answers to questions fans asked.

He however took a break and revealed the continuation will be on his next song.

$25,000 extortion: EFCC confronts Shehu Sani with 13 audio tapes of alleged deal

The row over alleged extortion of $25,000 by Sen. Shehu Sani is almost ending following the retrieval of 13 audio tapes of the chats between the embattled Senator and the Chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has played some of the bribe chat tapes to Sen. Sani in the presence of his lawyers, Barrister Audu Mohammed Lawal, and Barrister Glory Peter.

The Senator admitted that the voice in the tapes was his but he alleged that some aspects of the recordings have been deleted.

It was the first time in four weeks that the EFCC had a breakthrough in the investigation of the Senator and it wasted no time in presenting its evidence to the suspect.

According to findings, the EFCC team met with Sani and his lawyers on Wednesday where the 13 audio tapes were made available to prove that there was a bribe deal.

But the session could only go through five tapes when Sani allegedly “recanted.”

A source said: “A conversation between Sani and the complainant has introduced another dimension to his claims. At a meeting that took place at the Jabi office of the Commission on Wednesday, Sen. Sani, who had hitherto denied receiving any bribe money from Alhaji Sani Dauda, Chairman of ASD Motors, recanted his words after listening to five of the 13 voice recordings of his conversation and that of the chairman of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda.

“After listening to the first of the 13 audio recordings, the Senator reportedly said ‘Do you have another one?’

“By the time the second and the third were played to him in the presence of his lawyers, Barrister Audu Mohammed Lawal, and Barrister Glory Peter, the embattled Senator said: “I am okay with this. I am okay with this”.

“When asked if he is familiar with the voices in the audio, he said: “Yes, that is my voice except that some aspects of the recording have been deleted”.

“Asked whether the EFCC or the complainant did the deletion, Sani said: “I am not saying you people deleted it. But that is not the complete conversation.”

The source gave further insights into what transpired at the session between the EFCC detectives, Sani and his lawyers.

The source added: “In the voice recording, Shehu Sani could be heard in Hausa language pleading with the complainant that he should do everything to make sure they resolve the issue because of their reputation.

“He was quoted as saying in one of the tapes as follows: ‘You have a family and I have a family; think of the way people will see the matter even though it is not public money’, he was alleged to have pleaded in Hausa.

“I believe you already discussed with Bashir; Bashir must have given you his personal advice on what we need to do so that this matter is buried here.’

In another instance, Senator Sani was said to also admitted that the money, $25,000, was “bribe money”.

He allegedly had two meetings with the complainant: one, at the complainant’s house and the second at the complainant’s office after the Muslim “Isha”(Dark night) prayers.

The source said: “Contrary to Senator Sani’s public posturing of his innocence in the alleged crime, he reportedly begged profusely after listening to the recordings that the matter should not be taken further to the media.”

Responding to enquiries, the acting Head of Media, Tony Orilade, said: “All I can say is that the investigation of Senator Shehu Sani is ongoing and he would soon be charged to court.”

In a leak from his detention cell, the embattled Senator has insisted that he is innocent of the allegation of extortion of $25,000.

He said: “On his part, Sen. Sani said: ‘Alhaji Sani Dauda and his hidden sponsors have not been able to provide any proof of their allegations.

“I’m unjustly incarcerated on the ground of an arranged two-page petition backed with no evidential or documentary proof.

“The bribe story is a heap of blatant lies and outright falsehood concocted and fabricated, using a front and the EFCC to premiere a state drama.

“ASD is a barely educated front for a state mission. Criminalizing me, or “framing me”, will not silence me, bend me or compromise me.”

He said he had never met with the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any judge or judges directly or indirectly to offer any form of gratification from Alhaji Sani Dauda.

He added: “They claim extortion and here they are closing my bank accounts, searching my houses and offices and demanding I declare my assets of which I have already done that at the CCB last year when I left the Senate.

“The extortion allegation is nothing but a wholesale falsehood, packaged in a phantom anti-graft facade to taint, stain and mute me. That shall never happen if I am alive.”

Lagos State Installs 2000 Prohibited Areas For Motorcycles And Tricycles

Lagos State government has commenced the installation of 2,000 tricycles and okada prohibited areas signs across the metropolis.
This is a renewed effort towards creating awareness on the Lagos State Traffic Laws on restricted areas for the operation of motorcycles popularly called okada and tricycles in the state.

Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said a good number of the road signs indicated areas where tricycles and motorcycles operations were prohibited, warning that any one that violate the law after this effort would be punished in accordance with the dictate of the law.

Oladeinde explained that the road signs which have been mounted on major highways including the Third Mainland Bridge, Agege Motor Road, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would further create awareness on restricted areas for okadas and tricycles as prescribed by the government.

Oladeinde explained that motorcycle and tricycle operations remained restricted on highways and bridges in all the Local Government Areas including; Apapa, Ikeja, Ikoyi, Surulere, Eti-Osa and Lagos Island, which according to him would be covered adequately with the signs  to ensure that road safety culture is engraved in the consciousness  of road users across the state.

The Commissioner urged Lagosians to cooperate with the state government’s initiatives to tackle traffic gridlock in the metropolis as it will provide faster result in decongesting the highways of traffic which in turn will create a seamless movement of goods and service that will ultimately improve the state’s economy.
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