|Governor Adegboyega Oyetola|
A statement signed by the Governor’s media aide, Ismail Omipidan, want them to “document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation” or risk suspension of their operations.
Omipidan disclosed that the decision was part of efforts to secure lives and properties in the State following the recent looting and vandalisation of government and private property by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest.
While addressing the representatives of the association, Oyetola accused the Okada riders of assisting hoodlums as they loot from house-to-house and also the attempt targeted towards him.
“Security reports revealed that your members played major roles in the destabilization and breakdown of law and order that necessitated the declaration of curfew in the State.“Your members were the ones who ferried looters from house to house to perpetrate evil. They were the ones who were paid to transport hoodlums to destroy people’s businesses.“I can also confirm to you that even the attempt on my life was aided by some of your members, who after our escape from the mob, gave my convoy a long chase and attempted to block our movement at different points.“We also have security reports that some of your members are involved in all forms of illicit activities like robbery, kidnapping, and ritual killings.“Considering all these, the government cannot pretend that all is well because the primary duty of government is to ensure the security of life and property of its citizens.“That is why we are mandating all the various associations of commercial motorcycle operators in the state to document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation.“This exercise is expected to be concluded within two weeks from the time of this meeting. The time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff and as leaders of the associations, please ensure this is done.“Otherwise, government will have no option but to suspend Okada operations in the State,” he said.
“The government is aware that Okada business is a source of livelihood to many and not all of you are criminals, but the events of the past few days have shown that the criminal elements among you have become a threat to the peace of Osun.
“I also appeal to you as leaders of the associations to advise your members to desist from allowing themselves to be used for criminal activities,” Oyetola concluded.