Protest as Policeman Kills Okada rider, shoots woman in Ikorodu

Commercial activities were partially paralyzed in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, yesterday as angry youths and commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada clashed with policemen over the alleged killing of one okada rider by a police official identified as Haruna.
According to eyewitnesses, the fracas started a day before yesterday, when police officials allegedly shot sporadically at okada riders who were protesting seizure of their motorcycles at Ladega, Ikorodu, leaving one Lekan popularly called ‘Ifa’ dead and many others injured.
Speaking on the incidence, Chairman, Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State, Ikorodu Branch, Mr. Kayode Jimoh said the incident occurred around 2.30pm.
Jimoh furthered: “Around 2.30pm, four policemen attached to RRS came in a white Toyota Hilux van and parked around Ladega junction. The police driver remained inside the van while three policemen, identified as Haruna, Ayodele and Ismaila, alighted from the vehicle.
“The policemen were trying to seize the bike from Lekan but he resisted. Haruna suddenly cocked his rifle and opened fire, killing him on the spot. The bullet also injured a pregnant woman who was close by on her arm.”
Incidentally, okada riders and angry youth gathered on the second day, mounted road blocks around Sabo, Garage and Ladega area of Ikorodu where they were confronted by policemen and OP Mesa’s and officials of the Rapid Response Squad .

The angry mob started hauling stones and other objects at the security operatives but they were dispersed few minutes after the policemen used tears gas to disperse the crowd, shooting into the air severally.

Although the incidence recorded no casualties but properties were vandalized.

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