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‘Okada men’ kill two police officers in Lagos despite flouting traffic

Attempt by police operatives at the Ajao Estate area of Lagos on Thursday, to impound some commercial (Okada) motorcycles was met by stiff resistance as the riders popularly known as Okada went berserk, killing two officers with others injured.

Among the dead policemen was a Superintendent of Police (SP). Others were left with varying degree of injuries.

The operatives had allegedly embarked on an operation along Asa Afariogun Road in Ajao Estate to impound motorcycles for flouting the State Traffic Law when the riders mobilized and attacked them.

They were said to have outnumbered the policemen, thus making it easier to first disarm the SP before using his service firearm to kill him.

Emboldened after shooting the SP, the Okada riders were said to have stormed the police station where they allegedly opened fire, hitting some policemen on duty.

Given the scale of violence, motorists and pedestrians, including shop owners were forced to flee to safety, with the latter abandoning their wares.

Although it was not clear about the number of casualties recorded, it was gathered that temporary peace has been restored to the area as the police command sent reinforcement.

Expectedly, all commerical motorcyclists have gone into hiding for fear of reprisal by the police over the death of their colleagues.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu pledged to revert but did not as at press time.

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