Sunday, April 14, 2024

Pandemonium as Okada riders, ‘agbero’ clash in Ogun

Pandemonium broke out on Wednesday at Akute Bus Stop and Alagboole in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State following a violent clash between commercial motorcyclists and transport union tax collectors, popularly known as Agbero, over a hike in ticket prices.

It was witnessed by The Point that shops were hurriedly shut down by traders and some properties were destroyed, just as residents and traders in the area scampered to safety.

A stranded commuter, identified simply as Garba, claimed the motorcyclists were fighting a just cause, saying, “It is unreasonable to increase their ticket price from N700 to N1400, considering the cost of fuel. Where will they get money from? This cannot continue.”

Even though there were claims that one person was feared killed, this could not be verified by our correspondent.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, could not confirm whether lives had been lost.

The police spokesperson, however, said the command was aware that some properties were destroyed, but they were yet to know the extent of the damage.

”They (motorcyclists) can have a peaceful protest, and they can bring their complaints through their different unions to the police. This particular gathering is illegal,” Odutola said.

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