Lagos Okada rider strips self to evade arrest

Okada riders used to illustrate the story.

The accused allegedly stripped himself naked to evade arrest after violating the new Lagos traffic laws.

Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES) — A commercial motorcyclist, Sunday Udoh, on Monday stripped himself naked to evade arrest by law enforcement agents for violating the new Lagos State Traffic Law.

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force for Special Offences, Bayo Sulaiman, told newsmen in Lagos that Mr. Udoh was conveying a passenger on ACME road, Ikeja, at about 10.00 a.m., when the incident happened.

ACME road is one of the 475 roads where commercial motorcyclists are restricted from operating according to the new Lagos Traffic Law.

Mr. Sulaiman said, “Our enforcement team caught up with Udoh operating on ACME road this morning.

“As our patrol vehicle approached him, he jumped off his motorcycle, not minding the safety of his passenger, and stripped himself naked.

“He obviously acted that way to draw public sympathy and evade arrest.

“But, I can tell you that he is now with us and he will be charged to court tomorrow”.

Mr. Sulaiman said that Udoh’s action showed how desperate violators, especially motorcyclists, could behave to escape justice.

The chairman said that his team had recorded similar cases in the past, promising that the taskforce would not succumb to unnecessary sentiments in enforcing the traffic law.

He urged commercial motorcyclists to comply with the provisions of the traffic law and stay off the banned routes.

“We have stepped up our enforcement of the law and we are warning those who intend to violate the law to stay off the banned routes in their own interest.

“We have made a few arrests and seized a good number of motorcycles.

The governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola had on August 2 signed the Lagos Road Traffic Bill into law.

He said that the law is in a bid to ensure safety and orderly flow of traffic in the state.

Mr. Fashola reeled out statistics to illustrate the alarming rise in accident rates, resulting in injuries and death, from the unrestricted operations of commercial motorcyclists.

The new law spells out the offences and punishments attached.

The Lagos State Government had through its counsel claimed that it had not begun enforcing the traffic law. The state made this claim to a Lagos Court in a suit filed by the motorcycle riders against the state.

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