The ban on okada and tricycles in 15 local councils in Lagos, which took effect on Saturday, has provoked outrage on social media platforms.


Gbenga Omotoso, commissioner for information and strategy, had on Monday announced that the state government will implement the ban on February 1.

He had said the decision was made following a review of casualties recorded so far.

“After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the motorcycle (okada) and tricycle (Keke Marwa) Menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount,” he said.


The development, however, has not gone down well with Nigerians and they have since begun to register their  frustration on Twitter.

“What happens when you close work late and you don’t get Keke? When you start trekking don’t you run a risk of being robbed? Lagos is just getting worse day by day. It’s not everyone who can afford to buy a car or use Uber every day,” a Twitter user said.

“Controlling the excesses of keke & okada riders requires either strict enforcement or sustained engagement to improve their compliance with the traffic laws. The people understand your law but the people need the riders. Think better about these things before making laws,” another user said.


Here is what some Nigerians had to say:


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