Oniru of Iru, Oba Abdulwasiu Lawal, has raised an alarm that commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders are planning attacks in Lekki area of Lagos.
The warning followed the ban on Okada operations by Lagos State Government in Lekki and other areas in the state.
Recall that Lagos State, on Wednesday, said the operations of commercial motorcyclists have been totally banned in six local governments in the state.
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said no commercial motorcyclists would be allowed to operate in any part of Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island and Apapa local councils from June 1.
“This is the phased banning that we are going to be embarking on so that others will know that in a short while it is either they get out or look for something else to do,” Sanwo-Olu said at a meeting with police area commanders and DPOS at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
Raising the alarm in a circular issued on Wednesday, the Oniru urged residents not to panic but to be security conscious.
“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,” the circular said.
“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.”
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) recalls that on February 5, 2020 a riot broke out in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State on over the ban enforced on motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke) operators in the state.
According to a video circulating online from the scene of the occurrence, people were seen running helter-skelter.
The protesters also light bonfires and disrupted business activities in the area.
See the video below: