Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Riots at Apple Crossing, Festack as Okada bikers chase task force for seizing their motorcycles

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By Nwafor Sunday

Three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered young Nigerians to stop protesting, noting that he had taken note of their demands, cyclists from Okada in Lagos State headed to Apple Junction and Festack on Tuesday in the Lagos state, to protest against the seizure of their motorcycles by the state task. strength.

They gathered that the task force broke into the Apple crossing and seized quite a few motorcycles owned by these people who were struggling to survive.

Irritated with the show of power and, of course, the attitude and manner in which (the Task Force) seized and mistreated its members, a large number of Okada cyclists blocked Apple’s crossing and burned tires and whatever. they could put their hands on, which made things difficult. for motorists and pedestrians to access the road,

The Apple junction is a main road connecting Duba, Festac, Amuwo Odofin, Ago, Mile 2, and Express.

Speaking to one of the Okada motorcyclists who declared himself anonymous, he deduced that the alleged task force seized a good number of motorcycles and took them to the nearest police station in Festac.

Upon obtaining the information, they (the Okada horsemen) organized and went after the Task Force. They reportedly stormed the station demanding the release of all seized motorcycles. At the time of writing this report, all Festac roads are blocked.

However, when further investigated into the ‘why’ of the sudden protest, two cyclists from Okada (Abu and Mohammed) said: ‘We are angry that the government has not responded positively to ENDSARS demands from young people and now this .

“This is the only thing we survive on. Without our bikes, we will die. The bitter thing about this is that when they take over your motorcycle they will take it to Alausa, that in a few days if you do not come with the money they charge you they will sell it to you.

“Some of us are riding this bike for someone. Some make “higher purchases”, while others pay daily.

“The people who bought bicycles yesterday for two hundred and sixty thousand naira were among those who had their motorcycles seized.

“We don’t know what to do, but this cannot continue,” they said.

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