Commercial Motorcycles Set Ablaze In Lagos After Rider Killed One

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A general view of hundreds of taxi motorcycles, popularly called Okada, seized and waiting to be crushed by the Lagos Environmental Task Force following a ban on bike transport in Lagos on June 3, 2022. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
This file photo shows a general view of hundreds of motorcycles, popularly called Okada, seized and waiting to be crushed by the Lagos Environmental Task Force following a ban on bike transport in Lagos on June 3, 2022. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

Youths at Jakande Estate, Isolo, on Thursday set ablaze over 20 commercial motorcycles, better known as okada after a rider killed one person. 

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred after a rider plying a one-way route reportedly knocked down a pedestrian who died immediately.

In retaliation, youths in the area hijacked motorcycles in sight and set them on fire.

While reacting to the incident, the Lagos State Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin told Channels Television that the Divisional Police Officer in the area Folorunsho Gabriel responded to the emergency immediately, rescuing the suspect from the mob attack and evacuating the corpse from the scene.

The youths, however, carried out attacks on motorcycle owners, setting ablaze their means of livelihood.

The spokesman condemned the act, warning that anyone caught will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Normalcy has returned to the area as security operatives are on the ground to forestall further mob action.

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