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The COVID-19 Joint Taskforce on motorcycle riders in Ogun state on Monday impounded no fewer than 150 motorcycles for disregarding the state government directives on the use of facemasks and number of passengers they are permitted to carry.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the taskforce which comprises of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), the Riders and Owners Motorcycles Organisation (ROMO) and Amalgamated Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN) were jointly embarked upon on the clampdown operation and enforcement in different parts of the state.
The enforcement embarked by the unions is coming few days after the state governor, Dapo Abiodun during a press briefing vowed to ban Okada riders operation in the state if they don’t comply with the directives laid down by the government to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
PLATFORM TIMES further reports that the taskforce moved from Obantoko, Adatan, Saje, Elega, Lafenwa, to Kuto area of Abeokuta, the state capital to arrest and impound any motorcycle which the rider failed to use facemask or carried more than one passenger.
Speaking with newsmen, ACOMORAN chairman, Kayode Sowunmi said the exercise was to ensure compliance of Okada riders to the government directives.
Sowunmi who spoke on behalf of all the Union Chairmen said the clampdown operation was to show the government that the unions are fully in support of whatever guidelines its issued.
He added, “There was a press release from the state government on respect of our members’ refusal to use nose mask and carrying more than one passenger.
“The state government is highly annoyed and threatened to proscribed the motorcycle union activities in the state. As union leaders controlling the activities of Okada riders, we resolved to move out effective from today, that’s why we moved out to enforce the implementation on the erring riders.
“So far, we have impounded over 100 motorcycles and the condition to release the seized motorcycles is that, the owner must provide helmet and nose mask.
“Those who are not using helmet, carrying more than one passenger and failed to use their face mask we impounded their motorcycles.”
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