A yet-to-be-identified person was reportedly shot dead while another was injured on Saturday during a clash between commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders, and policemen at the Itire area of Lagos.
The incident happened when some policemen from the Itire division seized motorcycles from two persons and took the bikes to the station.
The owners of the motorcycles were said to have reported the incident to their members, who followed them to the police station on motorcycles to protest the seizure.
Policemen were seen firing stray bullets while trying to dodge objects thrown at them, the Punch quoted a source named Idris.
Also, tear gas canisters were fired to disperse the protesters, who in turn reportedly hurled stones at the cops, who in return they fired gunshots in which one person was said to have been hit and died on the spot, while another sustained bullet injuries to his mouth.
“Policemen stopped two okada riders early this morning (Saturday) and seized their motorcycles. They went to call their members and some minutes later, a number of them stormed the police station on motorcycles in protest.
“When police fired tear gas to disperse them, they started throwing stones and other objects at the police. The policemen began to shoot. Bullets hit someone in the mouth and killed another person who was not part of the protest. He sat somewhere when the bullet hit him and he died on the spot,” the report quoted the source as saying.
The mayhem lasted for four hours before normalcy was restored to the area, another source said.
“Police eventually chased them away. As I speak to you, armed policemen are around the area. A policeman was also injured,” said the source.
Elsewhere, there was a clash between rival gangs in the Alakuko area of the state in the early hours of Saturday and two of the hoodlums were reportedly feared dead.
The clash was between boys from Dalemo in Ogun State led by one Biodun aka Confidence and a gang in Alakuko called Ori Tiles Boys – infamous for attacking their targets with the sharp edge of broken tiles, reports PUNCH quoting Kunle Alabi, a landlord in the community.
Kunle Alabi, an eyewitness and a landlord in the area, said: “They started the fight around 12am and it lingered till dawn. In the morning, the road was littered with broken bottles. Each side lost one person respectively.
“They had been fighting for a long time. Some Ori Tiles Boys had seen Confidence on a bike on Friday evening. They attacked the rider after he dropped him off. Confidence learnt about it and mobilised his boys to Alakuko.”
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer for the Lagos State Police Command, was, however, unable to confirm the incidents as of press time.