Death recorded as okada riders clash

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7 people are feared to have died on Tuesday, August 3, after a combat broke out among a few Hausa and Yoruba bike riders in Ogun State.

The violence started between the Okada riders and the union leaders. Union leaders had elevated the price price tag price from N600 to N800 and okada riders running on the Factory junction at Ibese, Yewa North Local Government Area, objected to the hike.

This quickly degenerated into an ethnic crisis between the Hausas and the Yorubas in the area.

This incident was confirmed by the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday, August 3.

Speaking, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that he could not yet confirm the number of casualties.

In Oyeyemi’s word, “The issue is currently under control. It was a minor struggle that had snowballed into a serious crisis.”

“They said the unions increased their ticket fee from N600 to N800 and that was how the crisis started. But how it then turned into Hausa and Yoruba crisis is what I don’t know.”

“But, we are on top of the matter. The situation has been brought under control. Our men are still there as we speak.” He concluded.

 

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