There was palpable tension on Monday morning as commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders, clashed with members of the National Road Union of Transport Workers (NURTW) at the Iyana-Iba-Ojo axis of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
The incident, which happened near the Lagos State University, forced passers-by and commuters to work places to scamper to safety as gunshots were heard.
It was learnt that the clash started around 8am due to a disagreement over ticketing issues.
“The situation is due to a clash between motorcycle riders and members of the National Union of NURTW. The clash has spread to the Alaba-Rago area — directly opposite LASU — and the popular Volks bus stop,” the Punch quoted a source as saying.
“The road is currently blocked, and unsafe for movement. Gunshots were also heard.
“The clash ensued between Okada riders and NURTW workers. While discharging their ticketing duty, there was a disagreement between the duo that led to the death of one person.
“Soldiers intervened to secure peace and dispersed them with tear gas but the aggrieved parties retreated, only for the Okada men to troop back to Volks to challenge the NURTW members.”
Confirming the incident, Adejobi Olumuyiwa, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Police Command, however, said normalcy has returned to the area.
“Normalcy has been restored to Iyana Iba, Okokomaiko and the axis. We are on top of the situation. No ethnic colouration. Everyone should continue his or her business. No cause for alarm. We will update you with the details soon,” Olumuyiwa said.
Also reacting, Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, debunked media reports that the incident was an ethnic clash between the indigienous Yorubas and Hausa settlers in the community.
Correction: please there's no ethnic clash in Lagos. No State has been more tolerant in Nigeria, where you have every tribe from the country than Lagos.
The early morning clash was between members of the NURTW and the Okada riders. @PoliceNG has brought situation under control. https://t.co/fjlnLrrX31
— Gboyega Akosile (@gboyegaakosile) April 26, 2021