A Policeman attached to Ikorodu Police Division in Lagos State, yesterday, allegedly shot a commercial motorcycle (okada) rider to death, leading to pandemonium around Ojubode area where the incident happened as other okada riders took to the streets to protest the killing.
Commuters and residents scampered for safety as the protest heated up; shops and offices were also shut for hours by owners for fear of the situation getting more awry than it already was.
An eye witnesses said the motorcyclist identified simply as Haruna, met his untimely death when the Policemen stormed the area to impound his motorcycle but the deceased refused arrest on the ground that the Policemen visited last weekend asking him to part with an undisclosed amount of money.
To his surprise, the same Policemen came back yesterday to impound the motorcycle and out of annoyance, Haruna refused to release the motorcycle to them, and started struggling with one of the Policemen.
Reports say one of the Policemen fired a shot at him, which led to his death.
The corpse was later removed by the Policemen to an unknown destination while scores of motorcyclists were said to have gathered at the palace of the Oba of Ikorodu to protest the killing.
Chairman, Motorcyclists Association of Lagos State, MOALS, Ikorodu zone popularly called ‘Jendor’, who spoke to Vanguard described the incident as barbaric and therefore called on government to bring the perpetrators to book.
“As you can see, we are very busy now, you can hear a lot of noise from our members. This is too much for us to bear,” he said.