Tricycles is Now Banned From Operating in Victoria Island Lagos
Several commuters were stranded as commercial tricycles popularly known as Keke Marwa are banned from operating in Victoria Island of Lagos.
Riders of tricycles popularly called ‘Keke Marwa” which ply the Bar Beach-Eko hotel and Adeola Odeku routes, are protesting the alleged ban placed on them by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) from operating in Victoria Island.
According to Ololade Abiodun, the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Tricycle Drivers based in Obalende, the protest was to show their grievance over the alleged ban.
“The LASTMA officials on Monday, just started seizing some of our keke without any reason and when we eventually asked them, we were told that we are no longer allowed to ply Victoria Island. As it is now twenty-two of our Keke Marwa are still with them.
“How can they do that without informing us, or even the executives of our union, What is their reason for such ban? where do they want us to go now?” he asked.
Some of the drivers complained about the situation. One of them who simply identified himself as AY, said some of the tricycles they ride are owned by people who collect money from them at the end of each day.
“We all have families to feed, today is already gone and wasted as I fear my keke will be seized if I venture there,” he said.
The Head of LASTMA, Young Arabamen, when contacted, said the report was yet to get to him.
According to him, “The drivers should not take the law into their hands by protesting. They should not disturb the peace and quiet of the environment. They should channel their grievances to the right people. As it is, I’m just hearing this and nobody has come here to complain.”
Meanwhile a lot of commuters were left stranded and unable to get to their various destinations because of the alleged ban by Daily Times