The Rich Also Cry, As Violence Erupts In Lekki Phase 1, Residents Stay Indoors

Lekki Phase 1 main gate
Lekki Phase 1 main gate

Violence erupted at Lekki Pennisula Phase 1, along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, causing a gridlock to out-bound motor users moving into Victoria Island and its surroundings. The disturbance also shut in residents of the up-scale estate and kept many stranded outside its gates. A source told newsbreak.ng that commercial motorcycle operators banned by the estate’s residents association from plying the expansive community took to protesting the decision yesterday, Wednesday. Doing so, the motorcyclists, known in local parlance as Okada riders, allegedly attacked a commercial bus driver and injured few others. They were purported to have been pained by the residents association decision to ban them, while it favours the commercial bus operators, otherwise called estate shuttle, from operating in the neighbourhood.

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The bus operators regrouped and launched reprisal attack against their attackers (Okada riders), barricading Admiralty Road, the main road leading into and, out of, the estate from the expressway.

They set a couple of motorcycles ablaze, while carrying dangerous weapons, like machetes. An eyewitness said they might have had guns on them because shots purportedly fired during the melee. The crisis appeared to have taken an ethnic dimension being that the Okada riders are predominantly Hausa-speaking, while the shuttle owners are southerners, particularly south-western Yoruba-speaking.

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