Police Allegedly Seize 22 Commercial Bikes In Abule Egba, Demand N30000 Each From Owners
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. On Monday, June 22, 2020, men of the Nigeria Police, in their usual raid, allegedly descended on commercial motorcyclists(okada riders) at U-Turn junction, Abule Egba, Lagos and seized 22 bikes from the riders for violating Lagos law which has prohibited them from operating on Lagos roads with a view to curbing further spread of the novel Coronavirus.
According to an impeccable source, the police team came fully armed in their bulionvans caught the riders unaware and impounded their bikes which were later taken to their station in Oko- Oba area.
"I learned all the owners of the seized motorcycles mobilized themselves to the station to appeal to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area. On getting their, I learned all their pleads to get their bikes back fell into the DPO's deaf years who insisted they should bring N20000 each for him to release their motorcycles. Only very few of them were making frantic efforts to raise the money because others couldn't even get such money by mere looking at them. But at a time when some had even concluded to pay the said N20000 to bail their bikes, the DPO now jacked it up to N30000. That's exactly the reason one of the okada riders has to call someone he knew at Alausa that perhaps could be of help. Later, I learned the DPO got a wind of the knowledge that one of the okada men had reported him, that's what got him annoyed and took all the bikes to Ala us a where they're now being impounded. Since, you can't find any okada man in that area. Even, one the victims collapsed because that would be the third time his bike would be sized this year. Honestly, I pity them." the source mares.
One of the victims who spoke to Opera News on Monday, June 29, 2020 under the cindition of anonymity lamented, "I don't even know what next now.because we begged the man, he refused to listen to us. He deliberately increased the money to N30000 so that he can seize the bikes. He knew we can't get that amount. It was by the time some were struggling to pay N20000 that he raised it to N30000 knowing fully that none of us could afford that amount. That's why I had to resign to faith and forget the bike." View pictures in App save up to 80% data.