There was a clash in the Ojo area of Lagos State on Thursday as Okada riders attacked police officers with stones and other dangerous weapons.
Newsbreak reports that the attack erupted while policemen were attempting to enforce the recent ban by the Lagos state government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Recall Sanwo-Olu had announced the ban on Wednesday, disclosing six local governments of the state following the killing of a sound engineer named David.
Reports on Thursday revealed that policemen from Onireke Police Station, Ojo, had impounded some commercial motorcycles for operating along the Mile 2 – Badagry expressway, an action which the riders resisted.
The aggrieved riders tried to overrun the station and possibly set some of their members who were arrested free. They ended up setting fire in the middle of the road as vehicle owners abandoned their cars by the roadside.
The chaos led to a stampede as pedestrians fled for fear of being caught up in the crossfire. It also created heavy vehicular movement on the two sides of the road.
Several shots were fired into the air by policemen to disperse the okada riders who retaliated by hauling stones, daring the officers to come after them.
An unknown number of individuals were injured in the confrontation as they attempted to flee the troubled zone.
As of the time of filing this report, a team of combined anti-riot policemen and soldiers have been dispatched to restore normalcy to the region.
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