SAD! How Okada Rider Died Trying To Evade Police
10pm is the fixed time all motorcycle (okada) riders in every part of Lagos must close.
Although some of them still work beyond that time, they do everything possible to avoid being stopped by police.
So, on Tuesday, this okada rider approached the police pin down point in Ibeshe, Ipakodo area of Ikorodu, Lagos state.
The police team observed he was carrying a passenger with a big bag placed between him and the rider, and so they flagged him down, but instead of obeying the police hand signal, the okada man increased his speed in order to evade police scrutiny, according to Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Uti.
Sadly, he ended up in a ditch and lost his life. Meanwhile, his passenger with the suspicious bag vanished into the thin air.
However, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at about 10am, okada riders sympathetic to their late colleague, mobilised in their thousands and attempted to burn the Ibeshe Police Post. They were resisted.
So, they moved and found a softer target which was a police van stationed at a known black spot in Ibeshe and set it ablaze.
In view of this incident, the police authorities in Lagos state has warned all those with the penchant to burn, destroy or loot its property/armoury, that henceforth the Command will be compelled to use all lawful means including the use of firearms to protect such properties and defend its personnel.
The police in Lagos will no longer stand by and watch hoodlums destroy government property worth millions of Naira for whatever reason.
Any group of persons with complaints against police action, must toe the civilised option of registering their complaints with the police authorities for appropriate action.
The Lagos Commissioner of Police has directed that the 63 okada riders arrested for burning the police vehicle should charge to court for arson. He has also directed the OC Legal to file a motion to a court of competent jurisdiction to surcharge the suspects for the purchase of another police patrol vehicle.
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