“The truck was seized, following a tip-off by members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves,” the state authorities stated in an announcement on Twitter.
The assertion continued:
After the interception, the truck and its occupants had been moved to the workplace of the Taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.
One of the detained occupants, Shuaibu Haruna, stated he left Jigawa State to work in Lagos along with his bike. He claimed to have a spouse and a son, however stated he wanted to double his earnings to cater for his household.
Arrest of unlawful mass motion of Okada riders to Lagos from the North collectively coordinated by the State Commissioner for The Surroundings and Water Sources, Mr Tunji Bello and his Transportation counterpart, Dr. Abimbola Oladehinde.
The assertion additionally shared “confession” video of the “mastermind of the operation”.
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) August 30, 2019
Social media customers have criticised the authorities for the motion. See tweets beneath:
The is unsuitable on all ranges and stands condemnable as there are such a lot of okada/taxi riders & drivers from the south doing enterprise in the north with out being arrested. The lagos state Gov ought to look into and assessment this case. https://t.co/zAT6dPvO0w
— Sadiq (@SadiqSaniSami) August 31, 2019
Sorry i truly dont perceive, are Okada riders foreigners? Or some type of ethnic group I don’t find out about? You imply Nigerian males using bikes can not transfer to a different state? Nigerians are so fucked. https://t.co/X9BWgVbGl6
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) August 31, 2019
“Illegal mass movement”? 123 individuals? What if that they had come by air? How many individuals are on flights to Lagos each hour? Is it as a result of they’re poor? The issues that harm our nation the most are these issues we initially snort about or play politics with. #ThisIsWrong! https://t.co/jxvphS0ug6
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) August 31, 2019
There’s one thing deeply, deeply troubling about this – when did being “Okada riders….from the North” develop into an offence? Criminalising identification & poverty is quick changing into a norm in #Nigeria. That is a 1-way avenue to mutual destruction. https://t.co/VEswGZW2hr
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) August 31, 2019
It’s good to learn the tweet you responded to once more sir.
it says, “Arrest of ILLEGAL mass movement of okada riders to Lagos from the North”.
Please, what precisely is prohibited in northerners going to Lagos enmasse?
What legislation have they damaged?
— #DoubtlessThouArtMyFather (Isaiah 63:16) (@harrydaniyan) August 31, 2019
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