Restrictions on ‘Okadas’ and Tricycles :Court asserts the Position of the Lagos State government


The motorbike taxis otherwise known as okadas and tricycles taxis are the most common forms of transportation in many Nigerian cities and villages due to traffic jams, upsurge in population and downwards economic trends.

Many unemployed graduates who do not want to engage in any form of criminality have embraced the options of meeting their daily financial needs by engaging in taxis business of tricycle and okada operations.

However, the astronomical increase in crimes such as robbery, rapes, kidnappings,murders and other allied anti social activities involving okadas and tricycles have compelled the Lagos State Government to impose restrictions on their operations.

It is understood that such restrictions on that modes of taxis have imposed a number of implications. The effects of the restrictions are as listed below:

*Reduced incomes for the operators and their dependants

*Lost of jobs to those working for the owners of such taxis

*Residents are now trekking long distances to reach the lawful operation points for the taxis

*Better traffic orderliness in Lagos

*Reduction in crime rate

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News reports have revealed that on Wednesday,the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos has asserted the intention of Lagos State Government limiting the operations of motorcycles and tricycles as modes of transportation within six Local Government Area(LGA) and nine Local Council Development Areas( LCDA) in Lagos State.

It is reported that Justice Liman delivered the judgement in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/173/2020

Previously, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo who is incumbent Attorney General of Lagos State (SAN)went to Court on 2nd February2021 to defend the summons which supported the Executive Order as appended on by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Court in its judgment took over the jurisdiction in the case on the basis that both the Federal High Court and State High Court display simultaneous jurisdiction over Fundamental Human Right cases.