Considering the recent spate of criminal activities along the Ore Expressway, Ondo state government has therefore placed a ban on the activities of motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders, along the road.
The ban, according to the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo is with immediate effect.
In a Press Statement signed by the Commissioner, the government has observed that some people do disguise as an Okada rider to perpetrate evil acts along the said road.
The State government therefore appealed to the general public to co-operate with security agencies in the enforcement of this action in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities along the area.
“Government has observed with serious concern, the activities of some unscrupulous elements who have hidden under the guise of engaging in motorcycle business, popularly known as Okada, to perpetrate crime on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.
“Disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements which include armed robbery, kidnapping, their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives, the Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on commerical motorcycles (Okada) along the entire stretch of the route in question.
“This action is with immediate effect and shall suffice until further notice”, the statement reads.
By this development, all activities of commerical motorcyclists are henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area. Security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, are consequently directed to apprehend forthwith, anyone who flouts this restriction order.