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19 Motorbikes Impounded As Police Takes Over Ejigbo Troubled Spot

Police yesterday dispatched a detachment of four mobile policemen and some men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to the troubled area of Ejigbo where fracas erupted on Monday following a clash between the motorcycle riders and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) over fees.

The Union gatheredathat there was confusion in the Canoe bus stop area of Ejigbo as residents of the area scamper for safety while the area has been deserted for fear of the unknown.

Already the police we gathered have dispatched four detachment of Mopol, the RSS and other units of the force to bring normalcy to the area.

Making this known to The Union, Police public Relations officer Lagos State Kenneth Nwosu said no life was lost during the incident.

According to him, some motorcycle operators in the area had a disagreement with their union over levies since it was increased from the normal N900 to N1,100 daily.

Sources said the increase did not go down well with the motorbike operators and they decided to embark on a protest aim at making the leaders to rescind their decision.

The okada riders were said to have mobilised and fought back which led to a full blown fight that saw motorcycles, tricycles and some shops torched.

It was gathered that in the ensuing confusion guns and other weapons were used freely.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, told reporters that the police were on top of the situation and had brought it under control.

“Some motorcycles and tricycles were burnt but no life was lost,” he stated.

“There was a fracas between motorcycle riders and their unions over increased tariff. This further escalated and led to some kiosks along the road being destroyed.

As at yesterday sources said some aggrieved okada riders from the Northern part of the country had claimed that one of theirs was killed during the incident on Monday and they had mobilized to cause further mayhem yesterday morning but their attempt was repel by the police.

As at the time of filling this report some policemen were seen stationed at strategic areas in the Ejigbo axis although normalcy has returned to the area.

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