By Ishola Balogun
Residents and landlord associations in Amuwo Odofin local government area under the aegis of Amuwo-Odofin New Town Movement have protested against incessant robbery attacks in the area just as they seek total ban of commercial motorcycle operators, popularly known as Okada, in the area.
The Vice Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Alhaja Kudirat Omolara Dada, who led other residents to erect caution signs in strategic positions restricting Okada in the estates, said the initiative was meant to support government in the implementation of restriction order placed on Okada operators in the area.
She said: “It is because of the incessant robbery attacks prevalent in this area with the use of Okada by perpetrators led the movement to sensitize government on the full implementation of the law in Amuwo-Odofin local government,” adding: “the council is poroposing to erect gates and peremieter fencing in some of the areas which is included in the next year’s budget.”
Also commetnting on the development, Hon Aroyebi Olayiwonuola said, several robbery attacks have been recorded in the recent past on individual residents and households both in the day and later part of the night. He added that the protesters who are residents, CDAs, Landlords associations and some members of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC in the area however deemed it fit to come together to erect a caution sign restricting Okada in the estates as well as sensitizing government on the need to fully monitor the implementation of the law in the area.
Giving insight into the non-compliance of restriction order in the area, Chief Joseph Adewale Owa, President General, Amuwo-Odofin Landlord Association said, the estates were divided into seven zones and all the zones have been listed on the Okada restriction law. He added that the community had hitherto tolerated them allowing them to operate despite the restriction order but in the past few months, they used motocycles to carry out robbery operations and residents and victims of the attacks have cried out to the Landlord association and amuwo Odofin new town Movement. So, we called a stakeholders’ meeting and there, we resolved to take this initiave.
He also stated that efforts to establish police post in the area failed after governor Fashola had approved it, adding that there are local vigilance group like OPC, Neighbourhood Watchers and Night guards are always on ground in most parts of the estates.