Ketu Boils As Vehicle Crushes Okada Rider


Ketu area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria witnessed chaos this morning as a commercial motorcycle  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 Ketu  as the protesting riders  blocked the expressway causing traffic gridlock in the area.

gathered that the okada rider on Ojota-Ketu road was carrying two passengers, while plying  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 catch  up with him.

The okada rider used the service lane where he ran into an on coming vehicle, which crushed him and he  died instantly.

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Other okada riders descended on some Bus Rapid Transit BRT buses and smashed them. Two of the buses  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 the  mob.

Policemen from Ketu Police Station who arrived the scene to salvage the situation shot into the air to  scare away the protesters. This led to pandemonium.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga