115 motorcycles including 22 ‘Gokada’ & ‘Maxokada’ seized by Lagos State Task Force

03/14/2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Gokada and Maxokada are changing rapid transportation along Lagos' crowded streets. A recent government clampdown questions their future however. Read it below!

During a governemnt organized environmental sanitation exercise on Tuesday 12th, 2019, about 115 motorcycles were confiscated by the Lagos State Task Force for operating illegally in some parts of the state.

Among the motorcycles that were impounded include 22 ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’, a motorbike taxi hailing service in Lagos.

Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Agency of the Task Force, spoke to newsmen through his spokesman Mr. Adebayo Taofiq.  He offered that motorcycles owners, as well as operators of commercial ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’, must obey the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.

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He also elaborated that in obedience to the law, no commercial motorcycle operator was permitted to run around 475 restricted routes, which includes the highways and bridges across the State. According to Mr Taofiq:

“The government enjoins members of the public to henceforth desist from patronizing commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as passengers are liable as well and open to prosecution. It was an eye-sore seeing operators of these newly branded commercial motorcycles (Gokada/Maxokada) competing for the right of ways with motorists on highways and bridges across the state,”

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A Gokada rider claims he pays Lagos government ₦3000 daily

He also sadly noted that activities of the newly branded commercial motorcycles ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ operators were illegal and without any validity as they operated without any form of documentation from the state government.

Contrary to the Agency however, in a press release, one of the arrested ‘Maxokada’ riders, known as Mr. Ayeni Francis, claimed he is paying N3000 per day to a certain state agency. He also stated that none of their members was aware of any form of documentation that should be processed with the state government.

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However, Chairman of the Agency of the Taskforce, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi stated that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had directed that about 10 of the arrested riders should be immediately charged to court for prosecution.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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