The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed December 15 to hear a suit seeking the reversal of the ban placed by the Lagos State Government on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycle.
A Lagos-based lawyer, Julius Ajibulu, who filed the suit said the ban on okada and keke, without an alternative means of transportation, had caused Lagosians untold hardship and taken away the source of livelihood of the operators.
Ajibulu also claimed the ban had led to massive unemployment and a rise in crime rate and insecurity in the state due to job losses.
He said the ban further violated his fundamental rights and those of other Lagosians under sections 33, 34, 36, 38, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution.
Ajibulu is asking the court to order “the immediate resumption of commercial operations and activities of tricyles (Keke NAPEP/ Marwa) and motorcycles (okada) of 50cc-200cc capacity engine on the above stated highways and expressways through the aforesaid bridges in 15 local government and local development council areas of Lagos State.”
He is also seeking damages in the sum of N1bn as well as a public apology in newspapers.
This is the second lawsuit seeking the reversal of the Lagos State Government’s ban on Okada and Keke.
Another lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had earlier filed a suit before the same court on the same issue.
In his suit before Justice Mohammed Liman, Ogungbeje is seeking a declaration that “the forceful impounding, seizure or confiscation of motorcycles and tricycles” by agents of the Lagos State Government amounted to an infringement on the right of residents to own property under sections 43 and 44 of the Constitution.”
The Lagos State Government had in February banned the operations of both motorcycles and tricycles in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, in a statement issued in January, said that the riders must not ply 10 major highways and 40 bridges and flyovers across the state.