Comply with traffic regulations or face the law, Lagos Task Force orders ‘GOKADA’, ‘MAXOKADA’ operators


*As it impounds 23 on restricted routes

*CP Muazu directs prosecution of 10 arrested riders


The Lagos State Task Force has ordered owners or operators of branded commercial motorcycles called ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ to immediately comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 or face the consequences.

The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, gave this order on Tuesday during enforcement operations on motorcyclists operating on restricted routes including one-way around Ikeja, Ojota, and Maryland areas of the Lagos metropolis.

CSP Egbeyemi disclosed further that out of 115 motorcycles impounded during the enforcement operations, 22 were branded commercial motorcycles known as ‘Gokada and Maxokada’.

According to a statement sent to The DEFENDER by Head of Public Affairs of the Lagos State Task Force, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, in Lagos on Tuesday, CSP Egbeyemi confirmed that activities of these newly branded commercial motorcycles’ operators were illegal and without any valid documentations from the state government.

The Chairman reiterated that in accordance with the law no commercial motorcycle operator is allowed to operate around 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the State.

“The government enjoined members of the public to henceforth desists from patronising commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as passengers are as well liable for prosecutions”

“It was an eye-sore seeing operators of these newly branded commercial motorcycles (Gokada/Maxokada) competing for right of ways with motorists on highways and bridges across the State”

Arrested GOKADA riders.

The Chairman however stated that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that 10 arrested riders be immediately charge to court for prosecution.

One of the arrested ‘Gokada’ rider (Mr. Ayeni Francis) who claimed to be paying N3000 per day to their authority said they were not aware of any documentations with the government.

Another arrested rider Mr. Adebayo Adeniran confirmed that he collected one of the newly branded commercial motorcycle ‘Maxokada’ on higher purchase from the management after he presented a guarantor.

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