19th May, 2022
Oba Omogbolahan Lawal Abisogun II, the Oniru of Iru Kingdom in Lagos, has warned residents of Lekki that there are plans by commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders to attack the area.
The traditional ruler disclosed this in a circular issued on Wednesday, titled, ‘Urgent security alert’, and signed by the Oniru Chieftancy Family Estate Office.
The warning is coming hours after the Lagos State Governor banned Okada operations in Lekki and other areas in the state.
Operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce had raided Lekki after a sound engineer, David Imoh, was allegedly murdered over N100 balance.
The monarch advised residents not to panic but caution them to be security conscious.
The statement read, “Intelligence report reaching us is that following the raid on Okada riders and seizure of their bikes in Lekki Phase 1, the riders believed the action was instigated by Lekki residents who are determined to take away their source of livelihood.
“To this end, there are plans to invade inner streets to cause havoc anytime from now in Lekki.
“In its proactive measures, His Royal Majesty — the Oniru of Iru land, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogtrolahan Lawal (Abisogun II) – has advised that all access points within the Estate be secured and all security guards should be on red alert.
“This is an emergency measure, not panic. We advise all residents to be extremely cautious and please collaborate with security guards at the gates.
“We had the same experience during the end SARS protest and activated the same precautionary measures being advised by our security providers.”