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Ondo Govt. Temporarily Bans Okada Riders Following Protest

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The Ondo State Government has ordered the suspension of commercial motorcycle operations in Akure metropolis which takes effect from 12 am on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Any offender caught going against the newly enforced rule would have his motorcycle impounded by appropriate authority.

The suspension was imminent following a Thursday, July 23, 2015 protest by commercial motorcyclists which resulted in the destruction of government property and harassment of officials.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, in a statement released to journalists disclosed that the government is also suspending ticketing activities of commercial motorcycle operators across the state.

The government noted that the protest by the motorcyclists popularly referred to as Okada riders was against registration and identification, which is a must for monitoring, management and security purposes.

An panel has been set up by the government to probe the exact cause of the protest.

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