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Lagos: Okada riders invade station, in gun battle with police, 200 motorcycles impounded

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There was pandemonium yesterday in the Ipaja area of Lagos State when motorcycle riders invaded a police station, over what they termed police oppression.

It was learnt that the riders numbering about 100 stormed the Ipaja Police Station in protest over what they termed incessant arrest and extortion from them by the officers.

It was also learnt that the attack resulted in a gun battle between the riders and officers on duty, during which it was further learnt several of the riders who launched the attack were killed and several others sustained injuries.

The incident was said to have caused fear among residents as a result of the exchange of gunfire following the attack.

More police personnel were immediately dispatched to the area for reinforcement.

One of the motorcycle rides who didn’t want his name mentioned told journalists that they took the action because they were tired of police harassment and intimidation daily.

“It is frustrating, police, Army always come to our park to collect money from us. We don’t make much from the work, we also have family that depend on us for survival. Even when we work in the inner streets the police will still come after us.

“Ipaja Police Station is the worst station in Lagos State, we couldn’t bear it again that was why we moved to the station to register our grievances, that was how they started shooting at us and injured our members.

“Some of our members are presently at the hospital, they are battling to survive from gunshot wounds. We are not criminal, we are doing our business and respect the law made by the Lagos State government. We are not going to relent.”

Another motorcycle rider, who simply gave his name as Akin said the protest today was borne out of frustration and intimidation from the police, saying, “We want peace”.

“We have been pushed to the wall. They have turned us to Automated Teller Machine, everyday they come to us for money.

“We cannot tolerate it anymore, that was why we decided to embark on the peaceful protests, instead the policemen shot at us and injured our member and also impounded some our members bikes.

 

“We want to appeal to the Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, and the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to help us, we are not law breakers, we are law abiding citizens. We don’t ride on prohibited areas. Our members are battling to survive now.”

Confirming the story, the Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said officers of Ipaja Police Division have successfully repelled an early morning attack on their division by motorcycle operators.

“Hundeyin said the attack came after police officers commenced the day’s enforcement of the existing ban on motorcycles in the state. “The attackers, who came in their hundreds, stormed the station with dangerous weapons, shooting at the officers and attempting to overrun the station.

“While officers and men of the division held their ground, reinforcement came from the Area Command and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS). Two of the attackers were fatally injured during the attack.

“However, this did not deter the officers from accomplishing their mandate as over two hundred motorcycles were impounded and some of the attackers arrested, with one locally made firearm retrieved.”

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