- The ban of Okada and Keke on some major Lagos roads have led to violence on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway
- Some irate Okada riders were seen attacking a BRT bus on the expressway causing a slight delay and roadblock
- It took the intervention of some military men passing on the road before the situation was brought under control
Following the ban of Okada and Keke in some major roads in Lagos, some irate riders have attacked a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) bus on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The Okada riders who have continued plying the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in spite of the ban were seen picking stones and pelting the BRT bus around Ile-Zik end of the expressway.
Legit.ng reports that the BRT bus was behind a car which hit an Okada rider, causing a slight delay and roadblock around 8.07am on Monday, February 3.
Other Okada riders at the scene of the accident, in solidarity with their colleague, parked their bikes and started attacking the driver of the car and other occupants who had come down to support the driver.
The effort of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) to ease off the traffic at the scene was abortive as the irate Okada riders caused more commotion by attacking the BRT bus behind the car.
This caused panic among the commuters who pleaded with the driver of the BRT bus to find a way to move or open the door for them to alight.
The incident soon degenerated into full rioting as the angry Okada riders extended their attack to random passers-by.
An officer of the Nigerian Air Force alighted from one of the vehicles coming from the Agege axis to Ile Zik and tried arresting one of the Okada riders but he was quickly outnumbered and the riders joined hands to attack him.
It took the intervention of another soldier on mufti and camouflage cap to stop the looming outrage.
Meanwhile, as a way of cushioning the effect of the recent ban placed Okada and tricycles, the Lagos state government on Sunday, February 2, revealed what it has come up with as an alternative.
In a statement on Sunday, the state's commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said that the government has injected 65 new buses into the transport system which will start functioning from Monday, February 3.
Moreover, Omotoso said that apart from the fact that about 550 more buses are being expected, 14 ferries will be commissioned on Tuesday, February 4.
On behalf of the state, Omotoso thanked operators of the banned vehicles for utmost compliance with the ban, adding that this shows that Lagosians are on the same page with the government on the need to curb or even possibly eliminate the disasters that have linked Okada and tricycles.
The commissioner said that the government is aware of the discomfort the ban has caused the operators and assured them that it is not resting on its oars in efforts to find other means of making a living for the affected persons.
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