Conspiracy Theories Behind Okada Ban in Lagos state


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An internet user has shared a conspiracy theory behind the recent ban on motorcycles locally known as okada and tricycles (keke) in Lagos state.

He alleged that the main reason Sanwo-olu banned the riders, is not because of their recklessness as widely reported.

The internet user during a Taxify ride had a lengthy chat with the driver who shared a conspiracy theory with him.

The Taxify driver stated that the high influx of northerners into Lagos is becoming alarming. And this may not be unconnected to the plan of Boko Haram terrorists to infiltrate the nation’s commercial capital disguising as keke and okada riders.

Read excerpts of the conspiracy theory narrated by the Taxify user, according to SDK blog.


He (Taxify rider) laughed.

“You want to do lease to own with aboki? Aboki that does not know anything but to put head for road and drive like somebody that wants to commit suicide. Bros, haba, you have to think it well. Most of those Keke and Okada riders are from Niger, Mali, Chad, all those far places. They are not Nigerians.”


Then he whispered.

“In fact, I can tell you a big secret. Confidential.”

He paused.

Then took on a dignified pose.


(When he spoke, his voice was authoritative)

“You see all those Okada and Keke Marwa riders, who is giving them money to buy their Okada and Keke Marwa? Do they look like people who can ever find money to buy it themselves? They arrive in Lagos in trailers.


The next day they have brand new Okada and Keke Marwa. Before you know anything, they spend one week learning how to ride and like that, they are on the road. Where do they sleep? How do they live? No one knows. There is something happening that we are not seeing.”

He went silent again.


“The government does not want to say it in public to cause panic, but the truth is that, based on intelligence report, the Government knows that Boko Haram is sending its members into Lagos.”

“Come on, that is not provable. Did you see the intelligence report with your own eyes?”

“Bros, don’t look at me like an ordinary person because I am driving Taxify o. As you look at me like this, I know people in high places in government. I hear things. If it is not that I don’t want to be staying on my farms and staring at my workers, I would not be here on the road doing Taxify. Take it from me, it is confirmed, the ban on Okada and Keke Marwa is not just because they are a nuisance, it is basically a security issue.”

He kept quiet to let it sink in.
Then he continued with a hint of urgency.


“Those people are like 85% aboki. There are just some Yoruba, Igbo and South South, amongst them. These aboki know everywhere. Every corner of Lagos. The mai guardi all over Lagos, also know the movement of people. The aboki and mai guardi are all working hand in hand. Monitoring all of us as they wait for their signal. Bros, the day that signal will come, Lagos will burn. There will be nowhere to hide from these abokis. They will chase you and kill you. You see what I am saying? You see why the government had to act? All those stories about Pontius’olu going to Igbobi and seeing Okada accident victims and feeling sad, and then deciding to ban Okada and Keke Marwa is just story. Those who know, know.”

A moment passed.
I thought about what he had said.

Then I asked him.

“So if they are a security threat, why not ban them across the entire state? Why leave them in some places and ban them in others?”


“It is strategy. Government knows that they cannot get rid of them all at once. They know that there are some areas that need transportation, since they don’t have enough buses and the population is high. So banning them there, will cause riots and Boko Haram can even hijack riots to cause more disaster. So what Government has done is push them out to the suburbs, box them in places that can be monitored, controlled and if anything wants to happen, they can immediately surround those areas with army and police and deal with all of them. It is big time security operation you are seeing o. In fact this ban is just the first leg. Soon you will start to see other moves.”

“So why is it only in Lagos?”

“Lagos is the main prize na. If Boko Haram can scatter Lagos, they have scattered Nigeria. They have destroyed our economy. Don’t you know what will happen to Nigeria, if Lagos does not function for just one week? If businesses are destroyed? People are killed? Fear is everywhere? Ahhhh, May God not let us see bad thing.”

“Hmmmm, but there are okadas and Keke in other states too, are they also…”

“There are states that Boko Haram is interested in, there are states that they do not care about, and there are states that they did not born them well to enter. Like South South states. The militants are ready for them. So they are focused on Lagos. Slowly they have been pushing their fighters here, planting them, waiting for the time to strike. Those people are very smart, but Pontious’olu will show them that he is smarter than them.”

Then he laughed.
And said.

“You think Bourdillon is sleeping? It has more hands than octopus, centipede, millipede joined together. The more you will be looking, the less you will be seeing.”

“I hear what you are saying, but it is all conspiracy theories. Fake news. People just cook up these things to divide the country, put fear into us, turn us against each other, just to achieve their selfish purposes.”

He stopped laughing.

“Okay o, think what you like. But it is with your two eyes you will see something. There is fire on the mountain. Everywhere is burning. Blood is flowing. North, South, West, East. It is not by chance. Too many enemies are circling about. They have sworn that if they cannot take the country as their own, they will instead destroy it. Even in destroying it, they will be making money. Guns, bullets, bombs, armoured cars are all money they use to buy them. If people know what is happening, I swear they will not sleep. In fact they will have run away to Ghana.”

Then he sighed before he continued.

“As I said, thank God Bourdillon is not sleeping. Even the East and the South South are watching his hand. So that they will know what to copy.”

“What to copy?”


“Like what?”

“Hmmmm, first you heard Amotekun, then you heard Okada and Keke ban, and you think anyone can do this, if Bourdillon did not give the signal?”


It would be recalled that Reno Omokri once predicted that Lagos state will have a northern governor by 2035 due to the high influx of northerners in Lagos state while southerners continue to migrate abroad in search of greener pastures.


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  1. Anonymous says

    No one is safe, lagos is overpopulated. It is high time lagos government should come up with high movement restriction tag.The Lagos state government will fail, if dey continue to infuriate hardship on lagosians. Lagos state have bcome a military zone bcos Government place too much on taxes. There is much demand from private organisations. Most private company in lagos are only existing not functioning. They cannot explore, bcos of educated arm robbers in positions. They make government policy and kill businesses that are trying. people are short payed bcos of d lagos state policy. No legal works pays except for few. Most graduate are nuisance. Most ladies are prostitute on d street of lagos. Peoples attention are being divided. The poor and d rich are suffering and smileling in hardened hardship of traffic gridlocks. Parents dont return home ontime from there work places. The children of d poor/rich are bing molested by strangers who take advantages. There future is dwingling. While politicians in lagos enjoys all d benefits of struggles. I cried bcos lagos is an easy place for d enemy to capture. People live fake lives in lagos. The Lagos state government shuld not sleep. They must pray hard and work wisely. The elites are living the country to another for peace and good life. The government shuld sponsors youth programes and plan for d progress of d people. They must return money takin from d poor. They must b prepare to combact and show no mercy to our neighbours who are evil and planning evil.

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