Friday, 28 November 2014

Photos: Riot breaks out in Lekki, Hausas and Yorubas at war!!


A riot broke out this morning in Durosinmi Eti Axis of Lekki Phase 1 in Lagos between Hausa commercial motorcyclists and Yoruba shuttle bus drivers.

The riot occurred as a result of an attack carried out by Hausa commercial motorcyclists on Yoruba bus drivers who drive some of the estate’s shuttle buses last night.

The entry route into the estate was blocked by rioters armed with machetes and other dangerous weapons, leaving many stranded outside, causing traffic along the Lekki Expressway.

 “It all started yesterday when the Hausa Okada riders attacked the bus drivers, they shattered the windows of their buses and injured a few bus drivers. This morning, the drivers with the help of some men caught some of these okada riders and beat them to a pulp”. an eye witness disclosed.

The reprisal attack was said to have led to the burning of several motorbikes.

‘They can’t come here and attack us, we will find you and kill you’, one of the rioters was quoted to have said.

In early November, the Lekki residents association placed a ban on commercial motorcyclists, making public announcements in the estate, explaining that both okada riders and passengers will be arrested if caught.

The whole incident might well be looked upon as an ethnic clash between Yoruba and Hausa tribes; most bus drivers are mainly of Yoruba extraction while the okada riders are of Hausa extraction.


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