News: FG proposes outlawing Okada nationwide

The proposed prohibition, according to Malami, might cut off sources of funding for terrorists and criminals.

The FG is considering a national Okada ban. (Punch) 

The FG is considering a national Okada ban. The Federal Government is thinking about outlawing the usage of motorcycles, sometimes known as "Okadas," all across the nation.

Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami made a suggestion

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Abubakar Malami, the AGF and Minister of Justice, made a suggestion regarding this.

After the National Security Council (NSC) meeting, which was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari, Malami dropped the clue while speaking to media at the State House.

Why the ban is important According to Malami, investigations have revealed that nationwide mining operations use motorcycles.

The restriction, he continued, might cut off terrorists' and criminals' access to funding.

Malami added that the country's motorbike use needed to be outlawed since terrorists were no longer funding their operations through traditional means, but rather through mining and ransoming, according to Daily Trust.

He claims that criminals travel on motorcycles and utilize the money they get from mining to buy weapons.

In response to a query on how the ban would affect common Nigerians and the economy, the AGF stated that the FG would put national and public interests ahead of private interests.

Okada operations have recently been prohibited in six Local Government Areas of Lagos State by the state's government.

Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa are the six LGAs.

The prohibition was made public a few days after David Imoh, a sound engineer, was allegedly killed and his body set afire by some motorcycle drivers in the state's Lekki district.


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