Traffic Law: Group condemns Okada riders protest

A pressure group, Joint Action Movement, JAM, has described as illegal, the recent protest of some commercial motorcyclists popularly called okada riders against the Lagos State Traffic Law.

The group, at rallies held at Agege and Mile 12 this morning, warned the protesters that they risked being charged with contempt of court because their grievance against the law has been adjudicated upon by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Addressing the rallies jointly, the National Coordinator of JAM, Kehinde Olaore and Kola Animasaun, President and General Secretary, respectively, wondered why an aggrieved set of people, who approached the court for adjudication on a matter could thereafter engage in senseless protest after their matter has been thrown out.

JAM dissociated its members from the last protest organised by Joint Action Forum, JAF, and some okada riders. It admitted that it was formerly part of JAF before it decided to engage in activities that are inimical and detrimental to the corporate existence of the country.

While pledging its support to the Lagos State government on the Traffic Law, the group warned against lawlessness and advised protesting okada riders to be guided by law and due process.

Olaore and Animasaun warned the JAF to desist from misleading those they are expected to guide aright.

—Jamiu Yisa


  1. lekan

    i dont know all the fuss about the this issue,for goodness sake the state govt only restricted their movement on highways,let them move to other roads and make their money and if they want to kill themslves they they should go back to their village,Abuja,Rivers,and some state ban them outrightly there was no protest.pls stop all this nonsense

  2. El Lukaz

    Quislings incorporated! The CITIZENS’ right to protest is not tied to and cannot be curtailed by adjudication in any court. Now that the court has made its pronouncement, it is time for a negotiated settlement. At the heart of the dispute is the mass unemployment caused by the government ban on the use of Okada on certain routes.The judgment of the the high court has not resolved this. LASG should as a matter of URGENCY immediately engage the disenchanted associations in dialogue with the aim of putting in place measures capable of ameliorating the effect of the ban on the union and the commuters. LASG may consider training some the former riders to operate taxis and go further to provide the needed guarantees that will enable them access soft loans to profitably run the business. LASG cannot claim to have vanquished the led through a contestable court ruling, rather, it must engage the led and dialogue. God help LASG.

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