- There is pandemonium in the Ogba area of Lagos on Friday morning, May 7, due to a clash between Okada riders and policemen
- The unrest was reportedly triggered by the shooting of an Okada rider by a policeman on Thursday, May 6
- A source claimed the motorcyclist was shot after demanding payment for a service he rendered the said police officer
The newspaper cited a source as saying that the unrest started on Thursday, May 6, when a police officer allegedly refused to pay for the service rendered to him by the Okada rider.
The source whose name was not revealed claimed that two people were killed on Thursday night.
It was quoted to have said:
“It’s a bike man vs policemen fight. An Okada rider rendered a service to a policeman yesterday, then asked for money after dropping him off. He was shot by the policeman who refused to pay him.
“There was a sporadic shooting this morning. Like some minutes ago. And all the Okada riders are off their bikes getting ready for a riot."
The newspaper added that the clash led to the shooting of three Okada riders.
It noted that one of the Okada riders reportedly died on Friday morning prompting other riders to embark on protest, but they were subsequently dispatched by security agencies.
Legit.ng notes that the incident is trending on the social media space as some residents and passers-by in the affected area share their experiences.
A Twitter user, Director. Bello, @Director_bello, said:
"Please if you’re at ogba/ikeja rn please stay indoors, me and seun were almost caught in a gunfight there right now, had to reroute please stay in and stay safe"
Ezeomeog, @Chuks_Bonna, said:
"Please if you plan to go to Ogba, Berger or ikeja Lagos today, please stay indoors.. gunshots everywhere. I understand Police and bikemen are fighting.
"The youths mainly Hausa bike men are trying to burn down the police station cos one of them got killed last night by the police."
Tim Meduna, @Blvck_Meduna, said:
"I just literally ran for my life at oke ira, Ogba, the police and the okada riders have been at it all morning.
"Gunshots flying over heads yoooo.
"Pls stay safe!"
Meanwhile, two factions of hoodlums also clashed in the Mile 12 area of Lagos on Thursday, May 6, causing panic among residents and passers-by.
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Members of the two groups were seen with assorted dangerous weapons as residents and passers-by scampered into different locations during the clash.
The spokesman of the state police command, Muyiwa Adejobi, has confirmed the incident.