Okada Riders Rage In Lagos

*Kill Police CSP

Commercial Motor Bike riders threw Ajao Estate area of Lagos state into pandemonium on Thursday following a disagreement with the police enforcement team. The ensuing scuffle left a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Kazeem Abonde, brutally murdered and a number of patrol vehicles badly destroyed.
As reported by the Punch newspapers, the bloody clash took off when commercial motorbike riders resisted attempts by policemen, said to be from Ajao Police station, to enforce the state government’s policy on commercial motor bike (Okada) operation. The riders reportedly vowed not to allow the seizure of their motor bikes, which they described as their means of livelihood.
The disagreement quickly snowballed into a raging clash which led to the death of the CSP, allegedly hacked to death by the enraged motorbike riders.
Meanwhile, residents of the sprawling estate are having a hard time following the incident. Apart from having to trek long distances following the withdrawal of services by the commercial motorbike riders as a result of the bloody clash, tension has engulfed the estate and neighbouring communities as uncertainty reigns over how the police might react to the brutal murder of one of their top officers.
“Everywhere is tense. We don’t know what exactly caused the fight but we know that there was a confrontation between motorcyclists and the policemen attached to the Ajao Police Station,” a resident explained.
“One has to be careful henceforth because no one can tell how the police will react to the murder of their officer. Everyone has to be on the lookout,” another resident volunteered.
Mid Thursday, gory images, including the bloodied lifeless remains of the CSP flooded the social media. In one of the videos, a passerby is heard admonishing residents to avoid certain parts of the estate which he described as not safe for anyone. His video also showed a police van apparently damaged during the violent clash.

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