Tumult in Jakande Isolo as residents burn bikes after fatal accident.Adunni Adetola
Tension in Jakande Isolo as residents burn bikes after fatal accident.
There was tension around the Jakande Estate Isolo, Isheri Road, and environs in Lagos.
On Thursday, a motorcycle (Okada) ride hits a passerby who died within some minutes. In a swift reaction, residents trooped out in anger and attacked bikes plying the routes.
The protesters set a number of them on fire. The operators are now avoiding the area for their safety. The police have assured that officers are on ground to ensure the safety of lives and normalcy in activities.
Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed that the rider “veered off the road and hits pedestrian”.
“Unfortunately, the pedestrian fell and died on the spot. People around decided to lynch the motorcycle rider”.
The spokesman said the police arrived at the scene on time and rescued the accused from the lynching. A team of officers then took him to the hospital for treatment and evacuated the deceased.
Hundyin added that before the police returned, “an angry mob was already burning the motorcycles left behind by the fleeting riders”.
“The Lagos State Police Command condemn jungle justice in very strong terms”, he said.
The PPRO warned that anyone found engaging in such would be dealt with in accordance with the law.