Some Hausa community in Lagos State has petitioned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to lift the prohibition on Okada activities in the state's six local government areas.
The leaders said Okada riders from northern Nigeria make a substantial contribution to the voting population of Lagos and should not be economically disadvantaged.
Sanwo-Olu has outlawed commercial motorbike operations in six local governments and nine local government development areas in the state on Wednesday.
Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa are among the councils affected.
The governor had said, "We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost daily, preventable accidents are happening every day, and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.
"The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay, and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement."
But Hausa leaders are calling on the government to rethink its decision.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.