Over imprisonment of 700 Okada riders… man of God appeals
Sequel to the arresting and imprisonment of hundreds of commercial ‘Okada’ riders for assertions of violations of traffic offences, the President of Multi-Religious Council for Peace and Justice, Bishop Christian Cole Jnr., (in photo) Monday 15th avidly called on the Police to cautiously look into the plights of victim and cause their release.
Bishop Cole made this appeal when senior members of the Bike Riders Association paid him a courtesy call at his Brookfields residence to express their grievances over the way and manner traffic police officers unduly arrested and charged them to court.
Lead by one Mamoud Fofana, the bike riders said they are dismayed at the conduct of police officers and court officials to keep behind bars hundreds of their colleagues on allegations that they’ve violated the road traffic rules and regulations.
“Hundreds of our colleagues have been made to occupy smelly cells at the Central Maximum Prison at Pademba Road; regardless of the vital role Okada riders played in easing the problems of transportation in the country,” Mamoud said.
In his response, the Multi-Religious Council President urged the aggrieved riders to be law abiding and always try to demonstrate a sense of probity.
He called on the riders to ensure that the safety of passengers and pedestrians is guaranteed.
“Desist from speeding and reckless riding”, he warned, “these are common allegations made against you who are Okada riders.”
He pointed out that bike riders ‘Okada’ must not be seen as enemies, but rather friends of the state.
The man of God appealed to all Okada riders to conform themselves to the norms and values of society.
Concluding, Bishop Cole, assured all that his organization will henceforth monitor the operations of riders in country and ensure that they are disadvantaged by the police as alleged.
By Momoja Lappia
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