Thieves recently stormed Minna, the Niger state capital and they went straight for okada operators.

They deployed all forms of tricks, including posing like passengers to snatch the motorcycles from their owners.

But two of them ran out of luck on Saturday in an attempt to steal the fourth motorcycle and only managed to escape being lynched.

They were rescued from the mob by the police and taken to the hospital for treatment.

The thieves were reported to have also injured two commercial motorcyclists before luck ran out on them.

The incident was confirmed on Monday by Shafii Maishera, the state Secretary, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN).

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“Commercial motorcyclists in Minna came on peaceful protest to our office at Keteringwari road on Saturday to report that thieves entered the town attacking them and snatching their motorcycles.

“They carried out a total of four operations; it was in the process of carrying out the fourth operation that luck ran out on them and they were almost lynched before police rescued them.

“In the process of snatching the motorcycles, the suspects injured two of our members though one has been treated and discharged from hospital the other one is still receiving treatment,” he said.

Maishera said that the suspects carried out the operation by offering the fourth motorcyclist high denomination and before he (motorcyclist) returned with change they disappear with his motorcycle.

The Association’s Secretary dispelled the rumour that a commercial motorcyclist was slaughtered, and his motorcycle stolen.

The police say they have commenced investigation into the issue and would soon charge the suspects to court.

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