Okada Ban: Unrest As Bike Riders, Police Clash In Idi Araba, Lagos (Videos)


Okada Ban: Unrest As Bike Riders, Police Clash In Idi Araba, Lagos

Commercial motorcyclists and police officers attached to the Lagos task force have clashed in Idi-Araba axis of the state.

Recall that Lagos government banned motorcycle operations in some locations which took effect from June 1, 2022.

Read Also: Sanwo-Olu Outlaws Okada Riders In Selected Areas To Curb Criminalities

The affected Local Government Areas are Apapa, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Surulere and Lagos Mainland.

In enforcing the ban, authorities have in the last few days seized and crushed thousands of bikes, sparking outrage among some Lagosians.

Read Also: Motorcycle Riders Express Grievances Over Okada Ban

Unfortunately, trouble began in Idi Araba area after some task force officers deployed to the area; to enforce the okada ban impounded some motorcycles.

The deployment of the police officers angered the motorcyclists in the area who were acting in a breach of the state government’s directive.

Read Also: #JusticeForDave: Motorcyclists Beat, Burn Sound Engineer To Death In Lekki Phase 1 Over N100 (Graphic Videos)

In a bid to resist the police officers, the motorcyclists reportedly set up bonfires using tyres — a development that caused apprehension among residents of the community.

The police officers also reportedly shot tear gas at the protesting motorcyclists in order to disperse the crowd.

The chaos started after the police officers impounded some motorcycles in the area.

Read Also: Northern Group Condemns Okada Ban, Says Destruction Of Bikes Targeted At Northerners

Videos of the clash have appeared on social media as many social media users advised commuters to tread with caution while plying the route.

Lagos State Police Command

Reacting to the development, Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, in a statement, said some “lawless” motorcycle operators were trying to cause trouble after their motorcycles were impounded.

Hundeyin added that police officers have been drafted to the area and there is “absolutely nothing to worry about”.

He tweeted;

Idiaraba is safe. Nothing to worry about. Just some lawless motorcycle operators trying to cause trouble after their motorcycles were impounded. Our men are fully on ground. CP Abiodun Alabi personally coordinating our response.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.