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Many injured as Okada riders resist arrest by Lagos Task Force

A clash on Tuesday between operatives of the Lagos State Task Force and commercial motorcycle riders popularly referred to as Okada, around Second Rainbow along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos, has left scores of persons injured

According to Sahara Reporters, the clash occurred around when the commercial operators fiercely resisted the attempt of the members of the Task Force to arrest some of their members, a situation that led to the breakdown of law and order

The incident led to a traffic situation on the expressway as the motorcycle riders created bonfires on the road.

Spokesperson for the Lagos Task Force, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, said operatives of the agency were at the area to enforce the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of 2012.

“We went to that axis today, particularly Second Rainbow because activities of these Okada riders around the area had been causing a lot of unrest, we have received so many complaints from the public, particularly those resident in the area.

“Early in the morning, from 5:00am to 7:00am, miscreants and hoodlums make use of these Okada riders to rob residents of their belongings and even late at night at times, they carry them and stop at the middle of the road and dispossess them of their belongings and run away.

“So, we were there today, we impounded 74 bikes, immediately after we did that, they went ahead and mobilised thugs who came to attack us, damaged our vehicles including one truck.”


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