An enraged mob set fire to over 30 motorcycles on Jakande Estate, Isheri Road, Lagos State, on Thursday after an okada rider crushed a man to death.
According to PUNCH Metro, the victim was standing by the roadside at First Junction Bus-Stop when the yet-to-be-identified okada rider rammed into him.
The person was claimed to have died as a result of the collision’s impact.
The youths who were outraged by the occurrence protested the victim’s death.
During the protest, the mob jumped on the okada rider and was about to lynch him when he was saved by some police officers.
Other riders who frequented the scene of the accident during the demonstration were alleged to have had their motorcycles confiscated by the demonstrators.
While some riders sought to retrieve their motorcycles, others abandoned theirs and fled in fear of being attacked by the throng.
When the mob set the abandoned motorcycles ablaze, the police were alleged to have rushed the injured okada rider to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Residents on the estate, according to Moses Okebiorun, have been driven into a frenzy over fears that the owners of the burned motorcycles are planning retaliation.
He said, “Over the years, Aboki people (Northerners) have been using okadas on the highway, which is a dualised lane. They have been lawless and don’t respect traffic rules.
“They always ply one way. Today, one okada man, an Aboki, was plying one way as usual, when he knocked down a pedestrian, who wanted to cross the road.
“The man died immediately. When he died, youths got angry and started seizing okadas from Abokis and burning them in retaliation. Over 30 okadas were burnt.”
The President, Landlord Resident Association, Jakande Estate, Oke Afa, Fatai Oloko, said the police and the Vice Chairman of the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, were making efforts to avert a reprisal and restore normalcy in the area.
“We are currently on ground to see that no aggrieved party creates any trouble in the area. We want to forestall further violence as a result of the incident,” Oloko said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, while condemning the mob action, said normalcy had been restored in the area.