Lagos State Police Command has confirmed that the Okada rider that was almost lynched to death by mob on Thursday in Jakande Estate/Iseri area of Lagos State is alive.
According to the Command Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, men of the Nigeria Police Force arrived the scene of crime early enough and they were able to rescue the Okada rider from being killed by the irate mob.
It was gathered that trouble began when the Okada rider hit a woman who eyewitnesses said died instantly.
The accident attracted the attention of passersby and traders in the area who pounced on the Okada rider and almost mobbed him to death before team of Police men shot sporadically to scare the crowd and rescued the mobbed victim.
The situation later degenerated, creating more tension as the angry mob started setting ablaze commercial motorcycles in the area.
“It is important to clear the air on what’s going on at Jakande Estate/Isheri Road. This morning, a motorcycle rider veered off the road and hit a pedestrian.
“Unfortunately, the pedestrian fell and died on the spot.
“People around decided to lynch the motorcycle rider.
“The Police arrived at the scene on time and rescued the motorcycle rider from lynching.
“The Police immediately took the rider to hospital for treatment and evacuated the pedestrian.
“Before the Police arrived back at the scene, an angry mob was already burning the motorcycles left behind by the fleeing riders.
“The Lagos State Police Command condemns jungle justice in very strong terms.
“Anyone found engaging in such would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
“Meanwhile, officers are on ground and normalcy has returned to the area”, Benjamin Hundeyin said.