The Okada Riders have filed a lawsuit against the Lagos government.


The Trustees of the Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN) have taken the Lagos State Government to court.

MTUN and others want a court to say that the ban on commercial motorcycles is illegal, unconstitutional, and against the law.

Comrade Peter Umoh, Pastor Tony Onuoha, David Abiona, Adebayo Oluwasegun, Gambo Muhammed, Yakubu Abubakar, Ayo Boluwade, Amaechi Peter, and Nwamiri Monday are among the other people who want to join the suit.

The people who are being sued are the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Task Force, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, and the Lagos State Commissioner for Transport.

In the lawsuit with the number FHC/L/CS/1016/2022, the applicants are asking the court to say that the "alleged proposed ban of commercial motorcycle transportation in Lagos State by the governor without hearing from the operators whose rights are affected or likely to be affected is a violation of the constitutional rights of the applicants to fair hearing provided for and encapsulated in Section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)"

The applicants also want the court to say that the government's ban on the business of commercial motorcycle transportation in Lagos "violates Section 33 of the 1999 constitution because the applicants cannot live without food and other means of survival and the business of commercial motorcycle transportation is their only source of income."

Pastor Emmanuel Donatus, who swore an affidavit in support of the application, said that he and the other operators depended on the Okada business for their livelihood.

They asked the government not to ban Okada's operations, but instead to limit them to "approved areas" on major highways.

No judge has been put in charge of the case yet.

Also, the Lagos State Police Command seized 170 motorcycles and arrested 16 riders and passengers on Wednesday. This was the first day that the ban on Okada riders in the state was enforced.

Benjamin Hundeyin, a spokesman for the state's police, said that the police took 94 of the bikes and that the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency took the rest.


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