There are reports of violence and total breakdown of law and order around Festac, Amuwo Odofin, leading to Mile 2 areas of Lagos State.
Information gathered reveals that the crisis started when men of the Lagos State TaskForce mobilized to engage some motor cycle operators popularly known as Okada riders in the area.
The riders were said to have been flouting the state’s rules regarding the approved routes to carry out their activities, as well as their habitual disregard to rules and regulations guiding the activities of motorcycle riders in the state.
No fewer than 76 Motor cycles were confiscated by the taskforce, however, situations got out of control when the bikers regrouped and attacked the government personnel, inflicting serious injuries on some.
Confirming the incident to our correspondence, the Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State TaskForce, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, said it is totally unacceptable for people who have little or no regards for the rule of law to be allowed to continue their nefarious activities without proper check from the appropriate quarters.
He warned against those riders who believed they would always have it their way without proper checks to desist from their illegal activities be ready to face the wrath of the law.
He said, “immediately after the #EndSars protest, there has been a lot of impunity on our roads across the states”.
“No government would tolerate this” he stated.
According to an eye witness at the scene of some of the incidences, an Okada rider was shot during a fracas with some personnel of the taskforce who were said to have embarked on an operation aimed at enforcing Lagos State ban on Okada riders in certain areas of the state, an occurrence that later degenerated into a serious crisis.
Video footage shows bonfires and cloud of smoke taking over the streets.
Hoodlums are reported to have capitalized on the situation and attacking uniformed officers on sight.