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ONE PERSON SHOT DEAD, OTHERS INJURED AS OKADA RIDERS ATTEMPT TO BURN DOWN A POLICE STATION IN LAGOS

By Kehinde OJOGUN, Lagos

One unidentified person was reportedly killed and another was injured on Saturday during a clash between commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders and policemen at the Itire area of Lagos.

It was learnt that some policemen from the Itire division seized
motorcycles from two riders said to be Hausa around 8am and took the
bikes to the station.

The owners of the motorcycles were said to have reported the incident

to their members who followed them to the police station on motorcycles
to protest the seizure.

In a one-minute-ten-second video of the incident obtained by our
correspondent, policemen are seen firing straight bullets while trying
to dodge objects thrown at them.

A resident, who identified himself only as Idris, confirmed to our
correspondent that police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the
protesters, who in turn reportedly hurled stones at the cops.

He said the policemen replied with gunshots during which one person
was hit and died on the spot while another sustained bullet injuries to his mouth.

Idris stated, “Policemen stopped two okada riders early this morning
(Saturday) and seized their motorcycles. They went to call their members and some minutes later, a number of them stormed the police station on motorcycles in protest.

“When police fired tear gas to disperse them, they started throwing
stones and other objects at the police. The policemen began to shoot.
Bullets hit someone in the mouth and killed another person who was not
part of the protest. He sat somewhere when the bullet hit him and he died on the spot.”

Another resident, who spoke to Sunday PUNCH on condition of
anonymity, said the mayhem lasted for hours before peace was restored.

“Police eventually chased them away. As I speak to you, armed
policemen are around the area. A policeman was also injured,” he added.

Meanwhile, there was a clash between rival gangs in the Alakuko area of the state in the early hours of Saturday and two of the hoodlums were reportedly feared dead.

It was discovered from one of the landlords in the community, Kunle
Alabi, that the fight was between boys from Dalemo in Ogun State led by
one Biodun aka Confidence and a gang in Alakuko called Ori Tiles Boys –
infamous for attacking their targets with the sharp edge of broken
tiles.

Alabi said, “They started the fight around 12am and it lingered till
dawn. In the morning, the road was littered with broken bottles. Each
side lost one person respectively.

“They had been fighting for a long time. Some Ori Tiles Boys had seen
Confidence on a bike on Friday evening. They attacked the rider after
he dropped him off. Confidence learnt about it and mobilised his boys to
Alakuko.”

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