Several people are killed when Okada riders and transport union officials collide in Lagos.

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On Monday, several people were killed in a clash between okada riders and members of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria in the Iyana Iba district of Lagos State.

According to a transport worker, no less than six people were killed in the clash, which occurred in front of the Lagos State University and in the Alaba Rago district, close to Iyana Iba.

The scuffle reportedly began when union members approached a yet-to-be-identified Hausa motorcyclist and demanded his ticket.

The request reportedly led to an argument between the union members and the motorcyclist, which degenerated into a fight.

It was learnt that the union members allegedly injured the motorcyclist during the scuffle.

Angered by the development, other Hausa motorcyclists regrouped and allegedly attacked the union members in retaliation.

The reprisal, however, escalated into a free-for-all that affected vehicular movement in Iyana Iba and Okokomaiko, among other nearby routes along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

In a bid to escape, commuters, passers-by, traders and customers were said to have run helter-skelter.

A campus marshal said, “The clash was between the transport union members and Hausa okada riders; they were fighting over daily tickets and it started around 10am. They started fighting around Iyana Iba and it spread to the front of the LASU gate and we heard gunshots. When the Hausa okada riders got to the front of LASU, they started harassing anyone passing and killed four persons.

“The most painful part was that soldiers and OP MESA operatives saw the Hausa okada riders using cutlasses to cut someone and they refused to intervene till the person was killed. I witnessed it live; another person would have been killed, but the security guards at LASU rescued the person and took him to the health centre on the campus.

“The second person, who was killed, was attacked with sticks and cutlasses till he died in front of the university. My friends, who live in Alaba Rago, told me that two other persons were killed in their area. Most people killed were Igbo and Yoruba.

“The okada riders were attacking people in large numbers and after killing them, they took their bodies away with their wheelbarrows. It was when the RRS officials came that things became calm a little bit.”

According to a transport worker, Bode Aderibigbe, the clash triggered gridlock on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, and six people were reportedly killed.

“How the clash occurred was that some of the Hausa motorcyclists who did not have their tickets were apprehended by union members, and in the process, a fight broke out between them, and one of the motorcyclists was injured,” he said.

 

“So, the colleagues of the injured Hausa motorcyclists regrouped and started attacking the union members. About six persons were killed as the Hausa motorcyclists turned it into a tribal clash between them and Yoruba boys.”

Meanwhile, videos circulated on social media of soldiers speeding away from the front gate of LASU as Hausa motorcyclists threw stones at students and security guards attempting to avoid an assault on the institution.

The okada riders were also seen vandalising cars stationed at the institution’s front entrance. The security guards were forced to lock the gate due to the effects of the assault.

In the video, the recording says, “See what they’re doing, soldiers are there, and they let the hoodlums destroy everything at LASU.” LASU’s engines have all been lost. Please shut the doors.

 

“The Nigerian military is here and they allowed them to destroy all these cars. They are destroying motors in front of LASU.”


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