A media entrepreneur, Jayeola Abdullahi Olalekan, has narrated how he was assaulted by Okada riders in Lekki area of Lagos State, while working on a project.
Recall the Lagos State government on Wednesday banned Okada from operating in six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
This follows the jungle justice carried out on a Sound Engineer, David Imoh, in Lekki recently.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the sanction during a meeting with police chiefs in the state, saying it is “total and indefinite”.
The affected local councils are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa.
Already, the Oniru chieftaincy family estate office warned that there are plans by Okada riders to invade inner streets in some areas in Lagos to cause havoc.
Explaining how he was saved from the Imoh experience, Olalekan narrated thus on his known Facebook page: “How can Okada Riders have so much gut to the extent of setting a man ablaze in a broad day?. The fact that this barbaric act happened in an environment we considered civil and safe, is telling us nowhere is safe.
“A client engaged me with a Video Content Production Gig, A Documentary that’d highlights his supermarket business which has about 6 branches within Lagos island and Mainland.
“This which would take I and my team a couple of days to finish before we move into Post, we shot mainland branches first then moved to island to complete our shoot.
“The day we were to shoot lekki branch I left my guys at The branch on admiralty road to take some shots of Lekki Peninsula entrance. I got there shooting and within two minutes about 20 of those bike guys from no where descended on me.
“They were speaking Hausa language, they said they were going to burn my Gears, beat me that I was taking their photos. they held my short knicker and dragged me like I was a thief.
“While this noise was going on there were two Mobile police officers around guess what? these guys were speaking Hausa language as well, supporting these bikers like wow!! I explained I wasn’t even shooting them I was meant to take the entrance of the Peninsula that none of the bikers were in my shots.
“The officers asked me to show them my shots none of them were in any of the videos, well I was asked to delete everything I took on that spot, this I did just to save my myself as the numbers of the bikers kept increasing.
“I have shot contents almost everywhere in lagos, the slums where you think you’d have more hostile subjects, BUT MENTALITY EXPOSURE AND EDUCATION is everything!
“Rest in peace David Imoh.”