Activist and lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, has sued Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for banning okada and Marwa in six local government areas and nine local council development areas.
Akinyode also joined the the Lagos State Government, the state Attorney-General, the Speaker and the House of Assembly in the suit.
In the suit with number, TEMP/5013/2020, Akinyode, who is also the National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, asked the Ikeja State High Court to declare that the restriction on okada and Marwa was illegal and at variance with sections 41 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.
The lawyer prayed the court to restrain the respondents and their agents perpetually from enforcing the Transport Sector and Reform Law, 2017.
The activist said in a supporting affidavit in support of the motion on notice that the enforcement of the new law had caused serious traffic congestion and untold hardship to himself and the people of Lagos.
He said the constitution “guarantees freedom of movement and the right to own property” and it would be wrong to criminalise the use of okada and Marwa.
Recall the state government on February 1 banned motorcycles and tricycles in some LGAs and LCDAs and restricted them from some highways, bridges and roads.