Insecurity: Ogun Police order motorcycle operators to register before Oct 1

The Police in Ogun State has ordered motorcycle riders operating in the state to register with the state government ahead of the deadline on October 1.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed at an interactive session, on Monday, that the influx of motorcycle riders banned from neighbouring states necessitated the need for government to have the database of those operating in the state, in view of daily security challenges confronting the state.

He said that the state government over some months back had informed the leadership of various motorcycle unions in the state of its intention to carry out the registration exercise, to checkmate crimes and criminalities.

The PPRO added that the Police and other sister security agencies are collaborating on the enforcement of the registration exercise.

“Since the ban of Okada riders from Lagos state, there has been a serious influx of Okada riders in Ogun state. And since the state government is not having it in mind to ban the activities of Okada riders, it is our decision that every Okada rider operating in Ogun state must be properly registered, they must be documented.

“There must the proper documentation of all the Okada riders and that is going to form a database for us to operate in order not to bring unnecessary security threat to Ogun state.

“This will give us accurate numbers of Okada riders operating in Ogun state, their areas of residence, their names and their registration numbers. After their registration, they are going to be given reflective jackets and their numbers inscribed on them.

“If anybody commits any crime using Okada in any part of the state, we will be able to quickly pinpoint who is actually responsible for such crime.

“It is the general belief that motorcycle is an easy means of committing crime because it can be used as a getaway tool whenever a crime is committed and that is the purpose of this registration”, Oyeyemi said.

The Consultant, Commercial Motorcycle Riders Identification Scheme (COMORIS), Mr Juwon Adebanjo disclosed that over 40,000 motorcycles in the state would be registered through the scheme.

He said the state had created over 5,000 registration points across the 20 Local government areas of the state to ensure the seamless exercise.

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