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Police, Okada operators clash in Lagos

Crisis has broken out at the Ijora area of Lagos, as suspected commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators took to the streets Monday morning, protesting the ban of this form of transportation by the Lagos State Government.

The protesters started their march from the  Ijora area of Lagos and just as they hit the road policemen were drafted to stop and a clash ensued, throwing residents into panic.

It was  learnt that the clash occurred when the policemen attempted to stop the protest.

The protesters reportedly blocked major roads in the area with burning tyres, while singing solidarity songs.

Witnesses told that  policemen deployed to quell the protest shot into the air in an attempt to disperse the protesters who had made burn fires and erected barricades.

Some of the commercial motorcyclists said that operating commercial motorcycle is their daily business and that they have also been paying to local government who gives them licence to operate daily.

The Lagos State Government had banned motorcycles and tricycles, including the popular Opay, Gokada and Max ng, from six local governments areas as well as major expressways and bridges starting from February 1.

Details later…

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