A authorized practitioner, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a go well with on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos to problem the ban imposed by the state authorities on the operations of business bikes, popularly referred to as okada, and tricycles in any other case referred to as keke.
Ogungbeje requested the court docket to declare that the ban, as issued in February by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was not backed by any court docket order because it “grossly violates Part 41 of the Structure.”
He additionally urged the court docket to make a perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos State authorities from imposing the ban.
The lawyer particularly requested the court docket to award N500 million as basic and exemplary damages towards the state for the alleged violation of residents’ rights.
Aside from the state authorities, he joined the Lagos State Activity Power on Environmental and Particular Offences Unit, Lagos State Site visitors Administration Authority, the state’s Lawyer-Basic; the Commissioner of Police in Lagos; the Car Inspection Service; and the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, as defendants within the go well with.
Ogungbeje, who argued that the ban had visited untold hardship on him and different law-abiding Nigerians dwelling in Lagos, prayed the court docket to declare that “the forceful impounding, seizure or confiscation of bikes and tricycles” by brokers of the state authorities amounted to an infringement on the best of residents to personal property below Sections 43 and 44 of the Structure.
He additionally requested the court docket to declare that the facility given to brokers of the state, below the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Regulation 2018, to arrest and punish violators of the ban was equal to the usurpation of the capabilities of the judiciary, “and is thus a gross infringement on the best to a good listening to and human dignity below Sections 36 and 34 of the Structure.”