To stem the growing rate of robbery, kidnapping and killing on the Lagos -Ore -Benin Expressway, Ondo State Government on Thursday, 15th August, 2019, placed embargo on the activities of motorcyclist popularly known as “Okada Riders” on the Lagos -Ore-Benin Expressway to curtail aiding and abetting men of the under world who have been carrying out all kinds of criminal activities on the road. The activities of Okada henceforth has been restricted to the Ore township.
The statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo reads in full
“Ban On ‘Okada’ Along Ore Expressway
Government has observed with serious concern, the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have hidden under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business, popularly known as Okada, to perpetrate crime on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.
Disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements which include armed robbery, kidnapping, their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives, the Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commerical motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question. This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.
By this development, all activities of commerical motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area. Security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, are consequently directed to apprehend forthwith, anyone who flouts this restriction order.
Government appeals to the general public to co-operate with security agencies in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation”