Okada restriction: Lagosians share their experiences


By Bose Adelaja
Last week Monday, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and his convoy foiled a robbery operation in the Obalende area of the state, recovering a locally-made gun and some suspected stolen items in the process.

The three-man robbery gang which was operating on a motorcycle had reportedly snatched a bag from a victim in the area but their bid to escape with their loot by riding against the traffic was effectively foiled by the Governor’s team.

The gang members were said to have fled, abandoning their operational motorcycle and the bag after which the State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Abubakar Manko, reiterated his commitment to make the State unconducive for criminals.

His statement would come as a relief to many Lagosians who are still nostalgic of those by gone days when transportation in Lagos was devoid of danger. This was before commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada took over Lagos roads.  Their emergence as a means of transportation later provided undesirable elements the opportunity to use it in  perpetrating criminal activities, including robbery.