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Police reassure Ejigbo residents following okada, NURTW clash

Police in Lagos say it has successfully restored normalcy to the NNPC area of Ejigbo, a suburb where fracas erupted in the early hours of Monday between commercial motorcycle operators (okada) and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

The fracas was said to have resulted from an increase in the levies the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) charged the commercial motorcyclists daily.

The fracas, according to witnesses, started when an attempt by the commercial motorcyclists otherwise called “Okada’’ to reject the levies was resisted by the union operatives which led to the okada operator being beaten up by members of the union.

In reaction, the Okada riders were said to have mobilised and fought back leading to a full blow, free-for-all fight that saw shops, motorcycles and tricycles torched.

The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed, by Tuesday that the police was on top of the situation and they have brought it under control.

“There was a fracas between motorcycle riders and their unions over increased tariff. This further escalated to some kiosks along the road being destroyed. Some motorcycles and tricycles were burnt but no life was lost,’’ he said.

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