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At least 4 states in Nigeria have placed a ban on the use of commercial Motorbikes (Okada) as a means of transportation in its major cities.

The most recent ban comes from Benin State where 3 local government areas which makes up the Benin Metropolis have place a ban on Okada.

The affected Local government areas are Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha.


The decision was announced by state Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomole after a meeting of the State security council with only a Week notice given for all Commercial Motorbikes to clear the streets.


Reason for the ban on Motorbikes in Benin
The governor attributes the increase in crime rates in the state to criminal bike riders. He said Bikes facilitate kidnappings, robbery and makes the job of security agencies almost impossible despite attempts to register and identify all commercial riders.

The governor said over 80% of accident cases at state hospitals are directly caused by careless bike riders and exclaimed "We cannot continue like this". He called all to appreciate government efforts in improving security and warned that defaulters will be dealt with accordingly.

Oshiomole from Benin bans Okada
Reactions to the Ban
Being the main, cheapest and fastest form of transportation in Nigeria, public transport users are usually not happy about the decision. They're expressing anger by holding large protests on the streets and visits to the Government house but this usually amounts to nothing.

When we reached Alee for comments she described Governor Adams Oshiomole's action as that of an insensitive dictator. She said about 50% of roads in Benin are not motor-able, they're only accessible with bikes, cabs are not sufficient and not everyone can afford drops.
"He wants to do like Lagos and Port Harcourt when Benin is less developed in terms of infrastructure"

During protests one Bike rider narrates how they were forced by the Government to pay 2000 Naira for Identification Jackets which was never given to them.

My sympathy goes to all legitimate Bike riders who just lost their sole means of livelihood.
To passengers who now have to walk long distances - may the sun have mercy on you and your shoes.
Shout out from Port Harcourt City where the absence of Okada is no longer felt.
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