9th February, 2011
Ketu area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria witnessed chaos this morning as a commercial motorcycleÂ rider (okada) who was trying to evade arrest by officials of LASTMA was crushed to death by a vehicle.
In the ensuing riot by okada riders , two BRT buses were burnt in KetuÂ as the protesting ridersÂ blocked the expressway causing traffic gridlock in the area.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the okada rider on Ojota-Ketu road was carrying two passengers, while plyingÂ the expressway and was pursued by two LASTMA officials.
The two passengers escaped leaving the okada rider to his fate as LASTMA officials were about to catchÂ up with him.
The okada rider used the service lane where he ran into an on coming vehicle, which crushed him and heÂ died instantly.
Other okada riders descended on some Bus Rapid Transit BRT buses and smashed them. Two of the busesÂ were eventually burnt. Other BRT buses made a detour from the troubled scene.
The motorcyclists also pursued LASTMA officials who took to their heels to avoid being lynched by theÂ mob.
Policemen from Ketu Police Station who arrived the scene to salvage the situation shot into the air toÂ scare away the protesters. This led to pandemonium.