Lagos - Commercial motorcycle riders aka okada
on Tuesday protested the alleged killing of one of the colleagues by a
policeman in Ilupeju area of Lagos.
The protest led to confusion in the area as policemen fired bullets and teargas to disperse the protesters.
It was reported that the
policeman shot the okada rider dead after failing to stop the biker on
Coker Road in Ilupeju.
The cyclist had successfully evaded the policeman’s attempt to arrest him when he was surprisingly shot dead.
Policemen and traffic agents have been
accused of using brutal methods to enforce the Lagos State Traffic Law,
which also bars okada riders from some roads in the metropolis.
There are reports that some policemen have actually killed some okada riders in the guise of enforcing the law.
Thousands of motorcycles belonging to okada riders have been seized and auctioned or destroyed.
However, the traffic law has come under
widespread criticism for the strong arm tactics employed by policemen
and traffic agents.