There was pandemonium in Agboyi-Ketu community, Lagos Mainland, yesterday, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, after a man identified as Tohib Awolesi, was killed and his body dumped inside a river during a clash betweeen commercial motorcyclists and youths in the community.
It was learnt that the crisis started on Monday night after Awolesi, a generator repairer from across the river, was said to have bought a new motorcycle.
Nation reported that deceased on his way home, was stopped by commercial motorcycles, who pleaded to test drive the new bike. Having obliged the two, a third person was said to have come forward to also test drive but his request was turned down by Awolesi.
The deceased’s denial reportedly led to other commercial motorcyclists ganging up to beat the young man, who ran to his village and mobilised his kinsmen.
This further led to a brawl between the motorcyclists and Awolesi’s kinsmen, which led to the destruction of properties.
Although calm was said to have returned Monday night, violence resumed yesterday afternoon after Awolesi’s body was found floating on the river.
It was gathered that the community youths went berserk and razed several motorcycles belonging to the operators.
It took the prompt intervention of the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) led by Commander Tunji Disu, Area Commander, Ogudu, ACP Miller Dantawaye, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Alapere and their personnel to contain the situation.
Commenting on the development, Lagos Police Command spokesman Chike Oti said 10 suspects have been arrested and were being interrogated.
“Our policemen moved to the scene to ensure normalcy. They have had meetings with the wearing factions on the need to live peaceably. We have 10 suspects in out custody and I can assure you that the circumstances that led to the death of the young man would be unravelled. All those behind it would be brought to justice,” he said.