Fighting in Iyana Iba/Alaba Rago among Okada riders, not Yoruba and Hausa, says Lagos Police Command

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday debunked the report that the fighting in the Iyana Iba/Alaba Rago area was between the Yoruba and Hausa, saying it was among commercial motorcycle riders, popularly known as Okada riders, over tariff increment.

There were widespread report on the social media on Monday morning that the fighting that took place was between some Yoruba and Hausa residents of Iyana Iba, Alaba Rago and Ojo ares.

However, the Lagos State Police Command, in a statement which also said normalcy had been restored to the area, disclosed that the fighting was among the commercial motorcycle riders.

According to the statement issued by the image-maker of the command, Muyiwa Adejobi: “The Lagos State Police Command 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.

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“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr 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 rumour that the disgreement, 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.”



Fighting in Iyana Iba/Alaba Rago among Okada riders, not Yoruba and Hausa, says Lagos Police Command

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