Rebellious motorcyclists, also known as okada riders burn a van which belongs to Lagos State Police after losing a colleague.
Based on a statement released by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti at about 10:45am today, the late motorcyclist was conveying a passenger carrying a heavy load around past 10pm and disobeyed police signals to stop for checks at a police pin down point even after being flagged down severally by the officials on duty. He increased his speed in order to dodge the policemen but ended up in an avoidable ditch and died, unfortunately. The passenger with the suspicious load fled immediately after the incident.
Early this morning, motorcyclists rallied up and marched straight to the police post situated at Ibeshe, Ipakodo area of Ikorodu Lagos to vent their grieve. They aimed at burning down the police station at first but were seriously resisted, they then made for the police van that was parked right inside the station and burnt it without recognition.
Reacting to the incident, the Lagos State Police Command has issued a stern warning to those who derive pleasure in burning or looting police properties that the command would henceforth be compelled to use all lawful means including the use of firearms to protect and defend its personnel. The Lagos State Police would no longer sit back and watch hoodlums destroy government properties worth millions of naira for no reason.
Anyone or group with complaints against the force are expected to direct their complaints to the right police channels for appropriate actions and not take laws into their hands. The sixty three motorcyclists that were arrested in connection with the burning are to be charged to court for arson.