Thousands of Okada riders on Friday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest the ban imposed on them by the State Government in 15 councils, major highways and bridges across the State.
The ban takes effect from February 1, 2020.
The protesters, which comprise e-riders, such as Max riders and Gokada stormed the State House of Assembly in the afternoon, demanding for a reversal of the ban on them and tricycles by government.
The riders, who had apparently mobilized themselves in large numbers, marched to the Governor’s Office in Alausa carrying placards with different inscriptions like “Our Live Matter Too,” “Very Soon, Poverty Will Be a Crime in Lagos.” “Na all of us get Lagos, no be only the rich,” “Regulate us, not kill us,” among others.
Some of the protesters lamented the action taken by the state government, describing it as insensitive to the plight of the masses and called for regulations instead of outright ban.
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Bisi Yusuf, representing Alimosho 1 constituency later accepted a written petition from the protesters.
While addressing them later, the lawmaker advised them to be law abiding and also comply with the ban first before their petition was considered.
Stern looking policemen stationed at the Lagos State House of Assembly end of the State House prevented the protesters from getting to the main entrance of the Governor’s office.
The Lagos State Government had on Monday banned okada and tricycle riders in six Local Governments and nine Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, of the state.