Extortion: Okada riders’ association suspended in Ondo

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Activities of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Riders Association of Nigeria [ACOMORAN] has been suspended in Ondo state with immediate effect.

This came following some complaints from members [okada riders] that the body had been engaging in 'illegal activities'.

The executives of the Association had several times been condemned and also accused of 'forgery and extortions'.

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The government of Ondo state placed the embargo on Tuesday through an electronic statement issued in Akure.

Segun Ajiboye, the official spokesman to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu signed the statement obtained by SUNSHINE HERALD.

Mr. Ajiboye said in the statement, that the executive members of the Association have also been disbanded.

"The suspension of the activities of the association follows several complaints of illegal activities leveled against the body.

"Governor [Rotimi Akeredolu] asks all commercial motorcycle riders in the state to comply with this directive and maintain the peace.

"The office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties & Strategy is to take over the runnings of the activities of the association in the interim", the statement read in part.

However, a source at the ACOMORAN denied the allegations of extortion of its members [okada riders], saying that the body had always been using old tickets printed for the cyclists by the immediate past government.

The source had initially frayed ignorance of the government decision [ban] when contacted by our correspondent.

"I have not seen any official letter to that effect."

He later queried why the state government had refused to call any member of the body to ask and also investigate the allegations against the body before the final decision.

"In fact, I just heard about it now, but maybe the government is planning to change the receipt [tickets] from the old to the new ones.

"The old one [tickets] was done by the immediate past government, and when we first started, we began with monthly dues.

"And we came to a conclusion that, we can't continue using the government ticket for that [monthly dues]," he said.


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