- Protest has broken up in the Karu area of Abuja over an alleged death of an Okada rider
- Residents are scampering for safety as the protest took a violent turn
- Police and men of the Nigerian Army have been deployed to enforce peace and order
The Karu community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has engulfed in panic following a street protest by commercial motorcycle operators.
Multiple media sources including The Nation reported that police and soldiers have been deployed to restore peace and order.
Legit.ng gathers that many vehicles were attacked as residents stayed indoors while many churches in the area have been locked.
Residents of Karu, Jikwoyi, Kurudu, Orozo, Karshi are towns in the area affected. Residents and motorists have been asked to keep off the route until normalcy is restored.
Protest caused by death of Okadaman
According to Daily Sun, Okada riders embarked on the protest on Sunday morning, May 9, after one of their colleagues was allegedly shot and killed by the police.
The protesters who gathered in their numbers embarked on a peaceful protest that later took a dangerous turn.
This, according to the publication, prompted the Commander Army Headquarters Garrison (AHQG), Major-General Dahiru, to deploy soldiers when the situation could not be curtailed by the police operatives who earlier arrived at the hot spots.
Soldiers will remain there until peace is restored according to the military command.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported in a related development that Bende local government area of Abia state was thrown into pandemonium as gunmen invaded Ubani Market police station in the community and set it on fire.
The attack, according to Daily Trust source, was perpetrated by militants suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday, May 9.
It was gathered that no life was lost, though police officers working at the station were forced to relocate to a nearby TradeMoore housing estate as insecurity rises in the southeast region.