There’s palpable tension in the Ogba area of Lagos State following a violent clash between commercial motorcyclists, better known as Okada riders, and the police.
Sources say trouble started after the alleged shooting of an Okada rider by a police officer who had refused to pay for the service rendered to him by the rider.
“It’s a bike man vs policemen fight. An Okada rider rendered a service to a policeman yesterday, then asked for money after dropping him off. He was shot by the policeman who refused to pay him.
“There was a sporadic shooting this morning. Like some minutes ago. And all the Okada riders are off their bikes getting ready for a riot,” a source said on condition of anonymity.
Concerned Nigerians have taken to social media to warn residents to avoid the streets and public places over reports of multiple gunshots as police try to rein in the rioters.
See some tweets on the matter below…
Please if you plan to go to Ogba, Berger or ikeja Lagos today, please stay indoors.. gunshots everywhere. I understand Police and bikemen are fighting. The youths mainly Hausa bike men are trying to burn down the police station cos one of them got killed last night by the police.
— Ezeomeog⭕️ (@Chuks_Bonna) May 7, 2021
I just literally ran for my life at oke ira, Ogba, the police and the okada riders have been at it all morning.
Gunshots flying over heads yoooo.
Pls stay safe!#ogba
— Tim Meduna (@Blvck_Meduna) May 7, 2021
more to follow…