Ogun State Police Command has called policemen from the Isheri Police Division, Lagos State, who were accused of enforcing the Okada ban of Lagos in Ogun territory.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer, described the action as illegal, warning that officers caught would face the law.
He said, “If any officer is caught arresting motorcyclists under Ogun State, he will face the music because that will amount to illegal duty. You cannot come from a different state to come and arrest in another state without prior notice to the police command in that state. I believe if the Ogun State DPO, who is close to that place, gets any of them, I know he is going to do what is necessary.
However, some policemen were reported to have gone outside the state to seize bikes while claiming to be enforcing the ban.
Motorcycle riders at New Garage in Ifo Local Government said policemen from Isheri Lagos State usually arrested them and charged between N40,000 and N70,000 for every seized motorcycle.
Olatunji Ayodele an executive member of ACOMORAN said “This park has been in operation for a very long time until policemen from Isheri started disturbing us last year. We are law-abiding citizens; we decided to make a living from riding motorcycles but these officers have denied us peace of mind.
“We now work with fear. We have proved to them various times that this unit is under Ogun State and they also know this, but when they are in need of money; they come here, arrest us and collect all our proceeds” he added.