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'Register Or Face Ban' - Governor Oyetola Tells Okada Riders In Osun State

'Register Or Face Ban' - Governor Oyetola Tells Okada Riders In Osun State
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has given commercial motorcyclists popularly referred to as Okada riders two weeks ultimatum to register their members or stop operating in Osun State.
 
Oyetola disclosed this while holding a meeting with the leadership of Commercial Motorcycle Operators in the State on Tuesday evening.
 
He added that commercial motorcycles can only operate between 6am to 8pm henceforth, in a way to curtail the incessant damages caused by some hoodlums who use the motorcycle operators to carryout their evil agenda in the state.

A statement signed by the Governor’s media aide, Ismail Omipidan, want them to “document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation” or risk suspension of their operations.

Omipidan disclosed that the decision was part of efforts to secure lives and properties in the State following the recent looting and vandalisation of government and private property by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest.

While addressing the representatives of the association, Oyetola accused the Okada riders of assisting hoodlums as they loot from house-to-house and also the attempt targeted towards him.
 
“Security reports revealed that your members played major roles in the destabilization and breakdown of law and order that necessitated the declaration of curfew in the State.
 
“Your members were the ones who ferried looters from house to house to perpetrate evil. They were the ones who were paid to transport hoodlums to destroy people’s businesses.
 
“I can also confirm to you that even the attempt on my life was aided by some of your members, who after our escape from the mob, gave my convoy a long chase and attempted to block our movement at different points.
 
“We also have security reports that some of your members are involved in all forms of illicit activities like robbery, kidnapping, and ritual killings.
 
“Considering all these, the government cannot pretend that all is well because the primary duty of government is to ensure the security of life and property of its citizens.
 
“That is why we are mandating all the various associations of commercial motorcycle operators in the state to document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation.
 
“This exercise is expected to be concluded within two weeks from the time of this meeting. The time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff and as leaders of the associations, please ensure this is done.
 
“Otherwise, government will have no option but to suspend Okada operations in the State,” he said.
 
However, the governor acknowledged the importance of Okada business in the State, therefore urges the leaders of the association to advise it members to desist from allowing themselves to be used for criminal activities.
 
“The government is aware that Okada business is a source of livelihood to many and not all of you are criminals, but the events of the past few days have shown that the criminal elements among you have become a threat to the peace of Osun.

“I also appeal to you as leaders of the associations to advise your members to desist from allowing themselves to be used for criminal activities,” Oyetola concluded.
 
In their responses, the representatives of the various associations of commercial motorcycles in the state took turns to apologise to the Governor for the role some of their members played in causing devastations across the state and promised to comply with the directives of the State Government.

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