Recently, the Lagos state government restricted the operations of okada riders in the state to certain streets, through a law that was signed by the governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
The police in Lagos was then mandated to enforce the law and ensure that okada riders do not ply expressways, as well as some 496 roads spelled out in the law.
However, there has been speculations raging like wild-fire that some corrupt police officers, detailed to impound offending okada riders have been busy collecting money in order to let the riders off the hook.
Our reporter, EMMANUEL UDOM, cornered NGOZI BRAIDE, Lagos police image maker to shed some lights on these speculations.
There has been this speculation that some corrupt police officers in Lagos have capitalized on the enforcement order to collect bribe from okadas impounded from their owners. What is your take on this?
Well, it is the duty of the police to enforce the law on traffic restrictions enacted and signed into law by the governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
The police in the state have been performing their duties creditably well, since we have under-cover and uniform police officers in every parts of the state.
However, let me say here and now that the Lagos state police commissioner, Manko Umar is operating zero tolerance on corruption, as far as policing Lagos is concerned.
This is in line with the transformational agenda of the inspector-general of police, Muhammed Abubakar, who is determined to evolve a people friendly police force.
Having said this let me reiterate again that any police officer caught collecting money from okada rider is on his own. The officer will enter trouble, if caught.
But, has any officers being caught in this act?
Our X-squad police officers are on ground, policing the police so to say. I will not want to tell you whether or not any officer has been caught. But, let me say that we are effectively on ground enforcing the law.
Beyond this, what is your take on criminal activities these ember months?
As you know, when the year is coming to an end, there are bound to be increase in commercial, social and other activities. Criminals could capitalize on this to want to reap where they did not sow, but to be honest with you, police in Lagos is on ground.
If you are observant enough, you will see police under-cover police officers and uniforms ones in all the bus-stops, drinking joints, suspected criminal hideouts, major streets, etc policing Lagos.
There are also motorized patrol teams on major roads and expressways across Lagos.