Okada Riders Vandalize Government Official’s House Following News of Restriction of their Operations

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Following the decision of the Kwara State government to restrict the operations of commercial motorcyclists in the state, several of these commercial motorcycle operators staged a protest on Friday in Ilorin, the state capital.

However, these motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada Riders, took their protest too far, when they besieged the residence of Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape, the Special Adviser to the Kwara State Governor on Transport and Utilities. The protesters, who were chanting various songs to express their displeasure over the decision also made bonfires with disused tyres within the residence.

According to reports, the motorcyclists damaged the security post at the residence, broke some security lights at the gate and the fence as well as vandalised some other valuables.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after the attack, the special adviser maintained that there was no going back on the order. Ajape said the measure to restrict their operation in the state capital was to ensure the safety of lives and property of innocent citizens.

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  1. Their are thousand of youth engaging themself in Okada riding just to earn their living, some Okada rider has wives, children &other liabilities in which Okada is their major sources. They’re mostly the poor. So, Bibire does not think of empower the youth by providing jobs in order for them to earn their living but to dumb them on the street joblessly and later we’ll be complaining of thief or thug in the society. Bibire Ajape has no sense of protecting the life and property but he’s self-interest. May God save us oo

  2. Behold!!! This was how boko haram satarted gaining influence in Borno. With massive, un-employed, unlettered and angry youths??? There is no limit to the absordity.


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