The Lagos State Police Command says it has restored normalcy to the Iyana Iba/Alaba Rago and Ojo areas of the state where there was a disagreement between the members of the transport unions, okada units precisely, on the increment in tariff today, Monday 26th April, 2021
The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer Adejobi Olumuyiwa in a statement said “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for immediate deployment of additional police personnel to the area to maintain law and order as he also directed the Area Commander, Area E Festac, to personally be on ground to monitor the situation and invite the leaders of the affected Okada riders unit for an urgent meeting. “The Command wishes to debunk the rumor that the disagreement, not violence as being peddled in the social media, was between some ethnic groups. Without mincing words, the incident has no ethic colouration whatsoever but a mere conflict between transport unions and their okada units on ticketing and increment in tariff.
“The Command therefore enjoins members of the public, especially those around the areas, including the students of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, to go about their lawful businesses and studies respectively, as adequate deployment has been done to fortify security in the axis and by extension, in Lagos State in general. ”
There was sporadic shooting as motorcycle riders and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers clashed at the Iyana-Iba-Ojo axis of Lagos State on Monday. It was gathered that during the incident, which happened near the Lagos State University, passers-by scampered to safety.Sources said a disagreement between the locals and okada riders who are predominantly Hausas in the area triggered the crisis. The road which was currently blocked, and unsafe for movement. have been opened as combat police officers and “Soldiers intervened to secure peace and dispersed them with tear gas but the aggrieved parties retreated, only for the Okada men to troop back to Volks to challenge the NURTW members.” Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police spokesperson, in a statement said normalcy has returned to the area.