Tension In Lagos Community As Police Battle Okada Riders
Police attempt to enforce the state government’s prohibition on commercial motorcycle operators, also known as Okada riders, has created conflict in Lagos’ Ojo Local Government Area.
Following the killing of a sound engineer, David Imoh, at Lekki, the state government ordered a total ban on Okada riders’ activities in six local government areas of the state on Wednesday.
Our correspondent learned that police officers from Ojo’s Onireke Police Station had impounded some commercial motorcycles for operating on the Mile 2 – Badagry expressway, a move that the riders protested.
The okada riders attempted to storm the station, perhaps releasing some of their members who had been detained by police.
Police Battle Okada Riders
Due to the commotion, the riders set fire to the middle of the road, while vehicle owners abandoned their vehicles by the side of the road.
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As a result of the incident, pedestrians ran in fear of getting trapped in the crossfire.
Furthermore, the incident caused heavy traffic on both sides of the road.
Tension In Lagos Community
While the authorities fired six shots into the air to disperse the commercial motorbike operators, the riders showered them with stones, challenging the officers to pursue them.
As they attempted to flee the problem zone, an unknown number of people were injured.
A joint force of anti-riot police officers and soldiers has been dispatched to the area to restore normalcy.
Details to follow….
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