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 Rights to Freedom of Association.
In the suit marked AK/70M/2018 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 N150 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 was forcefully generating over N4.5 million daily from their over 30,000 members in the State since January this year.
They said the government had so far made over N800 million 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.