February 8, 2023

GRIDLOCK ON LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY AS OKADA RIDERS MOUNT ROAD TO PROTEST COLLEAGUE’S SHOOTING BY POLICE

Chaos broke out on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Friday as an Okada rider was reportedly shot by a police officer attached as a guard to Contractors working for Julius Berger.

The detail of the situation is still sketchy.

However, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, who confided in our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the bike man was dragging a rifle with the policeman, who in turn, accidentally fired a shot.

“The shot hit the bike man on the leg. As a result of this, aggrieved colleagues of the rider came after the policeman, who fled to the yard of the Julius Berger beside the road.

“They went after him, stormed the place, and started destroying some things,” he said.

He noted that the bike man had been taken to an unknown hospital for treatment.

An eyewitness also said a bike man had ridden on the newly constructed lane of the road and in turn had a clash with the policemen guarding the contractors.

The eyewitness said, “A bike man drove on the new road they are building. The police guiding the contractors shot him. And bikers attempted to protest.

“Truth: Due to the accidental discharge that hit a bike man. Others started the roadblock, which caused heavy traffic,” he said.

It was also gathered that normalcy had been restored, with commuters now moving freely.

When contacted, the Ogun State Police Command was yet to provide detail of the incident.

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