June 25, 2024

 

A violent clash broke out today in the Ipaja area of Lagos, as commercial motorcyclists, commonly known as okada riders, clashed with police officers stationed at the Ipaja Divisional Police Station.

The confrontation began around 10 am when okada riders took to the streets to protest the seizure of their motorbikes by the police. However, the situation quickly spiraled out of control as hoodlums seized the opportunity to escalate the protest, resulting in a barrage of gunfire that sent residents fleeing for safety.

Eyewitnesses reported that several hoodlums were shot dead, with numerous others sustaining injuries in the chaos. Store owners hurriedly shuttered their shops, while motorists scrambled to avoid the tumultuous scene.

Fortunately, reinforcements from neighboring police divisions, operating under Area ‘P’, swiftly intervened, quelling the violence and restoring order to the area.

SP Benjamin Hudenyin, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, confirmed the incident and reassured the public that normalcy has been reinstated in the affected area.

The incident underscores the pressing need for constructive dialogue and proactive measures to address the underlying tensions between commercial motorcyclists and law enforcement, in order to prevent further outbreaks of violence and maintain peace in the community.

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