A authorized practitioner, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a go well with on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos to problem the ban imposed by the state authorities on the operations of business bikes, popularly generally known as okada, and tricycles in any other case generally known as keke.
Ogungbeje requested the courtroom to declare that the ban, as issued in February by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was not backed by any courtroom order because it “grossly violates Part 41 of the Structure.”
He additionally urged the courtroom to make a perpetual injunction restraining the Lagos State authorities from imposing the ban.
The lawyer particularly requested the courtroom to award N500 million as normal and exemplary damages in opposition to 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 Visitors Administration Authority, the state’s Lawyer-Normal; 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 courtroom 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 fitting of residents to personal property beneath Sections 43 and 44 of the Structure.
He additionally requested the courtroom to declare that the facility given to brokers of the state, beneath 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 fitting to a good listening to and human dignity beneath Sections 36 and 34 of the Structure.”
The case has been assigned to Justice Mohammed Liman who has mounted September 28, 2020, for listening to.