Commercial motorcyclists in Ondo state popularly known as Okada riders have dragged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to the State High Court sitting in Akure for alleged extortion by his administration and violation of their Fundamental Human Right to Freedom of Association.
In the suit filed at the Court, the Okada riders under the trustees of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN) described as unconstitutional and illegal the forceful take-over of the printing and sales of 150 Naira daily revenue tickets to Okada riders in the State by the Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue.
In the suit instituted by their Counsel, Mr. Femi Emodamori, the Okada riders lamented that the Akeredolu-led administration has forcefully generating over 4.5 million Naira daily from their over 30,000 members in the State since January, this year and had so far made over 800 million naira through the alleged illegal sales of the daily tickets.
Two ACOMORAN Registered Trustees, Messrs Akinlolu Olumorin and Owoyemi Thaddeus who are the plaintiffs, also prayed the Court to declare as illegal, the merging of the Association with other private bodies to form another association known as the Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Operators Association of Ondo State, COMTROA by the State Government.
The Okada riders asked the Court to award 500 Million Naira damages against Governor Akeredolu, the state Attorney General and the state Board of Internal Revenue and restrain them from further extortion.
Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that no date has been fixed yet for the hearing of the case.