Motorists and business owners around the popular fast food outlet located at Ogba bus stop, Lagos Mainland, were left stunned earlier today, Thursday, May 10, 2018, when heavily armed officials of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the area to raid the tricycle park known popularly as Keke Marwa park in the neighbourhood.
InsideMainland gathered exclusively that the Task Force officials stormed the area at about 11:30 am combing the area to raid Keke riders and parking them into a waiting truck. Most of the affected Keke drivers during the raid were the drivers who ply the Ogba – Agege Pen cinema axis.
A source who spoke to InsideMainland disclosed that the Keke drivers were caught unawares when most of them were loading at the roadside which had served as the Marwa park for years. “The Task Force people were just harassing drivers and anyone who cares to stop them. I am surprised that they chose to raid a place that has served as a park for years with most people already used to the place,” the source said.
An eyewitness confirmed to InsideMainland that most of the Keke drivers could not protest the alleged illegal arrest due to the Task Force officers been heavily armed for fear of being hurt.
The witness also told InsideMainland that the officials came to the area alongside a Mobile Court in a bid to try anyone who dares go against their actions.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a Keke driver said the drivers in the axis have continued with their work peacefully until the raid by the Task Force. “We are law abiding citizens and always pay the revenue collectors for the local government when they come with their tickets,” the source said.
The source continued that; “About 10 tricycles were taken away by the Task Force before the Union people could get here. Why they came to raid is still unknown to us at this moment.”
InsideMainland could not reach the spokesperson of the Lagos State Task Force, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq for comment as at press time.
Recall that in 2017, InsideMainland reported the various raids carried out by Task Force operatives in Ogba, Obawole and Haruna communities in Lagos Mainland where okada riders were raided at different times.
The situation at the time led to a protest by the okada riders whose leadership condemned the actions of the Task Force officials.