Hoodlums Attack Okada Riders in Surulere, Steal Their Bikes 1

Hoodlums Attack Okada Riders in Surulere, Steal Their Bikes

Hoodlums allegedly attacked commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders and dispossessed them of their motorcycles.

According to report, the incident took place around the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Favour Tabernacle; Ogunlana and Adetola streets as well as other areas in Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, who usually operate between 7pm and 10pm, had made the areas uncomfortable for the Okada riders.

Yusuf who is one of the riders, said he lost a motorcycle to the hoodlums just last week Thursday.

According to Yusuf, as he was moving towards the RCCG Favour Tabernacle area, some hoodlums emerged from nowhere, blocked him, started beating him and pushed him off the motorcycle.

He explained that before he could escape, the hoodlums had made away with his motorcycle, adding that he was in pain for a week.

Yusuf noted that the motor-bike was snatched off him less than a month after an Alhaji bought it for him to be making weekly remittances.

“It was not late when I conveyed a passenger to Enitan Street, near the Mobil filling station, and I headed for Ojuelegba. The streets in the area were still busy because it was around 6.47pm. So, I saw some youths, who blocked the path with stones.

“I did not know their mission; I was trying to come out to Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, when they stopped me. The next thing I noticed was that they rained slaps on my face. And by this time, they had already brought me down from the motorcycle. As I tried to resist, they brought out knives to stab me, while some of them made away with my motorcycle.”

Another motorcyclist, who identified himself simply as Ahmed, said the first motorcycle he was given on hire purchase when he arrived in Lagos in 2018 was stolen barely two weeks after.

Ahmed said the hoodlums were everywhere, adding that the police were not willing to arrest them.

He noted that the inaction of the police had emboldened the hoodlums to act as if they are above the law.

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