Insecurity: Ondo govt bans commercial motorcycles on Ore expressway

Samples of the motorcycles donated by WHO
Motorcycles used to illustrate the tory.

Commercial motorcycle business popularly called okada, has been banned in Ore by the Ondo State Government, particularly along the Benin-Ore-Ijebu Ode expressway.

The measure, according to the state government, is to curtail the activities of criminal elements using motorcycle to perpetrate attacks.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, on Thursday, said the government had observed with serious concern, the activities of some “unscrupulous elements” under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business, 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 commercial motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question,” the statement read.

“This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice.”

The statement said all activities of commercial motorcyclists would henceforth be 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,” the commissioner said.

“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.”

Read also: Motorist ‘kills tricycle rider over right of way’

Even though an intermix of military and police checkpoints punctuate the entire stretch of the Benin-Ore-Ijebu-Ode expressway, daylight armed robbery and kidnapping have remained unabated.

Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere Leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was killed along the expressway in July.

Her death had sparked a flurry of reactions, leading to the recent measures being adopted, not only in Ondo State, but by governments of the southwest.


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.