Normalcy has since returned to the Iyana Iba end of Lagos Mainland after angry motorcycle otherwise known as ‘Okada’ riders hit the streets in protest of the continuous harassment and arrest by men of the Lagos State Taskforce.
Recall that the Okada riders disrupted human and vehicular movements along the Lagos – Badagry expressway after they made bonfires across different parts of the usually busy road to complain bitterly about the arrest and seizure of their bikes by the law enforcement agents.
Following the protests, security operatives attached to the Ojo Police Division led by CSP Abubakar Umoru with support from officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), neighbouring Police divisions as well as army officers from Ojo cantonment, stormed the affected area to disperse the protesting riders.
According to the Police, the riders converged close to the LASU main gate at about 7:00 am threatening to block the expressway in protest against plying the expressway, as stipulated in Lagos State Traffic Law.
“Their presence on the highway in large numbers drew the attention of the DPO Ojo Police Division, CSP Umoru, who speedily mobilised his officers along with Alhaji Usman Kanua, Chairman of the Motorcycle riders in the area,” the Police said.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the Police team appealed to the riders to cease action and eschew actions capable of causing chaos in the area. The protesters agreed and dispersed peacefully, InsideMainland gathered.
Events however took another turn after the reemerged in greater numbers creating bonfires and blocking both sides of the expressway.
According to the Police, the protesters were wielding dangerous objects and hauling stones at police and passing vehicles, which shattered the windscreens of several vehicles and also injured some police officers.
This situation however led to the Ojo DPO seeking reinforcement from other police divisions and Ojo Cantonment of the Nigerian Army.
The protesters were later successfully dispelled around 10:00 am with normalcy returning the area.