Okada Ban Hinders Court Proceedings In Lagos

The trial of Andrew Ominnikoron, the driver of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) who allegedly raped and murdered a 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, was yesterday stalled due to the ban of commercial motorcycles popularly known as okada. Protests following the ban affected movement in parts of the state ,which in turn prevented hearing on the matter.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State had, on May 18, announced a total ban on the operations of okada in six local government areas in the state with effect from June 1.

Following the development and the planned protest by the Okada riders, the Controller of Prisons, Adebisi Adewale, directed a temporary suspension of conveying inmates to various courts in the state due to intelligence and security reports of possible breakdown of law and order during the protest.

At the resumed hearing of the case before Justice Sherifat Sonaike of the Lagos High Court, sitting at Tafawa Balewa Square, the defendant was not produced

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