Tension As Police Shot Okada Riders During Clash With Police In Lagos

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There’s tension in elements of Ogba in Lagos following the alleged shooting of three Okada riders by safety agencies.

The incident occurred around Mokuolu Street in Ogba around 6 pm on Thursday.

The conflict between the industrial motorcyclists and the Task Force began as security agents were attempting to apply the Okada ban in the region.

This led to a clash, which reported from the shooting of three Okada riders.

However, the Okada riders allegedly expired this morning prompting different riders to embark on protest, but they were then dispatched by safety agencies.

As at the time of filing this report, the state police command had set up a detachment of mobile policemen and plain-clothed officers to maintain law and order.

Our correspondent also observed two buses loaded with safety representatives in Mufti were also mobilised to restore calm to the region.

Roads leading to Excellence Roundabout, Ogba Market and WAEC were obstructed with vans of the Quick Response Squad (RRS) unit of the authorities.

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Each of the stores in the major market was just closed when our correspondent visited.

One of the store owners, who identified himself as Olamide, told our correspondent the battle occurred when policemen tried to detain an Okada rider.

He said the arrest was being carried out at a time the union leaders and other Okada riders had abandoned the region.

He explained from the ensuing confrontation, the policeman took one Okada rider at the chest while the other one was struck by a stray bullet.

The eyewitness said, “Seriously I was not there when it occurred. I only got here this cash and saw policemen everywhere.

“I later got to understand the policemen wanted to arrest the Okada riders, however, they contested them the time was not appropriate to grab their bicycle and that this isn’t a suitable moment.

“Then they said the policemen fired some shots. One has been killed while two others are in the hospital”

He added that the shooting continued this morning.

“You may see the situation is quite critical. They were shooting critically (sic) this afternoon,” he explained.

The state police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, is to comment on the circumstance.

 

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