The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has urged Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to compel Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Chairman, Mr Hamzat Akanbi Usman, to comply with a court judgment granting a perpetual injunction in favour of Okada (Tricycle Riders) in Lagos.
The organization also urged the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to intervene in Comrade Yusuf Oladimeji, Chairman of the Autobikes Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), who has been threatened with death and assaulted.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Lagos, Comrade Kenny Abiola Bakare, Chairman CLO said, “We have called this press conference in order to once again expose the illegality and total impunity displayed by the leadership of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, and the refusal of the council to obey the court judgment delivered at the High Court of Lagos State high court on Friday, July 23, 2021, in favour of ANACOWA.
“Despite an order of perpetual injunction that was made, restraining the local government whether by themselves, organised agents and officers from continuing to enforce, implement and or otherwise giving effect to the enforcement or implementation of the Bye-law or collection of daily toll fees, sales of stickers or jackets or generating any money from the motorcyclists outside the area specified on the fourth schedule of the constitution and schedule to the Local Government levies (Approved Collection list) Law, 2010.”
In addition, the incorporating Trustees of ALL Nigerian Autobike Commercial Owners and Workers Association were given general damages of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) (ANACOWA).
He recalled that in 2018, the group called on the former chairman of Ifako ljaiye Local Government, Apostle Hon. Oloruntoba Oke, to uphold the rule of law by responding to their demand to suspend the local government task force that harassed, embarrassed, and intimidated members of ANACOWA on a daily basis because of an imposed identification sticker for Okada Riders in order to generate revenue for the Local Government that was not even among the specified sources of revenue.
“The Civil Liberties Organisation however contacted the former Chairman, Apostle Hon. Oloruntoba Oke, in line with our tradition via our letter dated 29th March 2018 as we implored him to follow the rule of law by dropping the idea of selling the stickers to the ANACOWA members and other Okada Riders within the Ifako ljaiye Communities.
We also strongly advised him to release all impounded motorcycles (Okadas) immediately and without conditions, with a 48-hour deadline, which he did not follow.
The trustees of the ALL Nigerians Autobike Commercial Owners (ANACOWA) went to court on Oct. 28, 2019, and got a judgment against the council but despite the perpetual injunction placed on Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, it was reported to our organisation that the following persons, one Mr Rasaki Aremu Alias Richards, Oladimeji Fayemi a.k.a. Bush, Jokotoye Abel Babatunde Alma and others are still harassing, intimidating and extorting the Okada Riders in the Local Government.
Specifically, on Friday 23d July 2021 the court gave a judgment that stopped all the activities of the Local Government on Motorcycle riders.
“We, therefore, call on the Lagos State Governor who always have a listening ear to call Mr Hamzat Akanbi Usman to order as well as to prevail over him to obey court order else a contempt charge will be filed against him for failure to obey the ruling of the court,” Comrade Bakare said.