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Ban on “Okada Riders”: Over A Hundred Flee As Police invade ‘Stations’ In Kaduna

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

In a move to ensure strict compliance within Kaduna metropolis to avoid community spread of Covid-19, the Nigeria Police Force has invaded motorcycles’ enclaves, otherwise known as “Okoda Riders Stations,” and pursued hundreds of them from operating in the midst of COVID-19 lockdown.

Our correspondent reported that the Okada riders have been having field days operating in all nooks and crannies within the state metropolis during the lockdown, despite the ban placed on them and other commercial transporters.

Contacted, the popular Valid Oil motorcyclists (located at Sabon Tasha) told our reporter that 80 percent of those operating commercial motorcycles under COVID-19 lockdown are security personnel, especially the police.

Although, no casualties were reportedly recorded during the invasion, according to the cyclists, who have already regrouped in another location in Ungwam Boro community in Sabon Tasha, they revealed they’ve been bribing the police, in order to facilitate their movement.

However, no official statement from the state Police Command as yet, but some officers, who spoke on ground of anonymity, said the “order is from above, in compliance with the location regulations; anyone caught is liable for fine of N5,000 or so.”

On how many people so far have been arrested in the process, the source officer declined comment, but insider source said scores were arrested, with exception of Police Okada operators.

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