Lagos government bans use of Okada, tricycles  

The Lagos State Government has banned the activities of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, and tricycles, known as Keke Napep, in some Local Government Areas, bridges, and highways in the state.

The State Government directed security operatives to embark on total enforcement of the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 on the affected six Local Government Areas, nine Local Council Development Areas and 10 major highways across the State with effect from February 1.

The ban also affects Opay and Gokada operators.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who made the announcement at the State House in Alausa on Monday, said the measures were taken by the Government in response to “scary figures” of fatal accidents recorded from operations of Okada and tricycles in the State between 2016 and 2019.

According to the Commissioner, operations of Okada and Keke NAPEP have been banned in the following LGAs and LCDAs: Apapa LGA, Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Lagos Mainland LGA, Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA, Itire-Ikate LCDA, and Coker-Aguda LCDA.

Others are Ikeja LGA, Onigbongbo, LCDA, Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, and Iru-Victoria Island LCDA, Lagos Island LGA and Lagos Island East LCDA.

Among the 15 Local Governments and Local Council Development Centres affected are Apapa, Apapa Iganmu, Lagos Mainland, Yaba, Surulere, Itire Ikate, Coker Aguda, Eti-Osa, Lagos Island, Ikeja, Onigbongo, Ojodu, Ikoyi-Obalende, Iru Ikoyi-Obalande, and Lagos Island East.

He said, “After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke) menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount.

“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as of date.

“Also, the rate of crimes aided by Okada and Keke keeps rising. They are also used as getaway means by criminals. Therefore, after consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Okada and Keke in six Local Government Areas and nine Local Council Development Areas.”

The Okadas and Keke NAPEP are restricted on the following highways and bridges:

Major Highways

  1. Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
  2. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  3. Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway
  4. Lagos-Ikorodu Expressway
  5. Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
  6. Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway
  7. Lagos-Badagry Expressway
  8. Funsho Williams Avenue
  9. Agege Motor Road
  10. Eti-Osa Lekki Coastal Road


  1. Iyana- Ipaja Bridge Agege
  2. Dopemu Bridge Agege
  3. Airport/Ikeja Bridge
  4. Agege Motor road/oshodi Loop, Oshodi
  5. Mushin/Isolo Link Bridge
  1. Dorman Long Bridge
  2. Ojuelegba Bridge
  3. National Stadium Flyover
  4. Apapa-Iganmu Bridge
  5. Apapa-Ijora Link Bridge
  6. Liverpool Bridge, Apapa
  7. Mile 2 Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-Odofin
  8. Okota (cele)/Ijesha Link Bridge
  9. Apakun/Apapa-Oshodi Bridge Network
  10. Ikorodu Road/Anthony Clover leaf Bridge
  11. Trade Fair Flyover Bridge
  12. Festac/Amuwo-Odofin Link Bridge
  13. 2 Flyover Bridges along Alhaji Masha Road
  14. Ojota Clover leaf Bridge
  15. Ogudu Bridge
  16. 3rd Mainland Bridge
  17. Maryland flyover
  18. Ikeja General Hospital Flyover Bridge
  19. Kodesoh Bridge, Oba Akran, Ikeja
  20. Opebi Link Bridge
  21. Sheraton-Opebi Bridge
  22. Jibowu/Yaba flyover Bridge
  23. Carter Bridge, Lagos
  24. Bariga-Ifako Bridge
  1. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Alapere Bridge
  2. Bariga/Oworonsoki Bridge
  3. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway/Gbagada U-Turn
  4. Apapa-Oshodi Expressway
  5. 3rd Mainland/Oworonsoki Bridge
  6. Eko Bridge
  7. Apongbon Flyover Bridge
  8. Cowry Bridge (Officers Mess)
  9. Mcwen Bridge (Bonny Camp)
  10. Marina/Ikoyi Bridge
  11. Ikoyi/Obalende Bridge Punch

Pix: Okada riders in Lagos