Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Lagos Okada rider protest ban on 475 roads

Commercial motorcycle operators, better known as Okada riders, Monday marched on to Lagos streets to protest the state’s new traffic law, which restricts their movement on about 475 strategic roads in the state.
The protests, which took place in many parts of the state including Ikorodu, Ejigbo and Onipanu resulted in a traffic gridlock in most part of Lagos as the motorcyclists impeded the free flow of traffic in the city. Other areas included Ijora Olopa, along 7up Road, Mashalasi and Ladipo.
Some of the protesters also took out their anger on the government-backed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, vandalising 10 of the buses and attacking commuters in them.
However, a team of security operatives from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) was quickly deployed to the troubled spots to restore order.

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