Saturday , 16 September 2023

LAGOS: Police Killed As Police and Okada Rider Clashed

OYEDELE BASIRAT

A police policeman has been killed in Lagos State today during the clash between the police and motorcycle riders’ knowns as Okada rider while many were injured at Rainbow bus Stop along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos.

It was gathered that the deceased officer was among other policemen deployed to enforce the restriction order preventing Okada riders from returning to major roads in the State.

The state Government had restricted the operations of Okada riders in ten Local Government Areas. This is in line with the state government transport sector reform laws of 2018.

It was further gathered that the officers were out to enforce the state government ban on the Operations of Okada along the Oshodi-Apapa corridor when argument broke between the police and Okada riders.

A witness, said the deceased was hit with iron and others riders started stabbing him. The eye witness said the situation got out of hand as a result of the killing of the officer.

According to him, the officer had earlier left with some impounded motorcycles and that the policemen met stiff resistance when he and his team returned again.

“At a stage, it became a free for all as the riders struggled to free some of their bikes that were already in the custody of the policemen. The Okada riders were fully armed with matchetes, daggers, charms and other cudgels. One of the riders hit the Policeman with an iron rod. Then others started hitting and stabbing him. What I noticed was that street urchins also joined the riders in the attack on policemen.

The riders and the street urchins were able to seize three guns belonging to the Police”.

Passengers were stranded in the axis as commercial activities were grounded.

The Okada riders were also seen brandishing sharp objects like cutlasses, sticks and iron rods as they flee from police arrest.

It was not clear the cause of the confrontation between the Okada riders and the deceased policeman but most of the Okada riders took to their heels for fear of arrest.

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