Okada riders, hoodlums attack Abuja city estate
A monumental crisis was averted on Sunday as over 100 okada riders (motorcyclists) mobilized to attack Same Global, a major residential estate located within Lokogoma district of Abuja, the nation’s capital metropolis. The motorcyclists backed by hoodlums attacked the estate while protesting over the death of their two colleagues.
It was gathered that trouble began in the area on Sunday, when a motorist lost control of his vehicle and hit the okada riders waiting by the roadside for passengers killing two of them in the process. To avoid being lynched, the motorist escaped from the scene and ran into Same Global estate for safety.
The aggrieved okada riders, according to an eyewitness, chased the motorist who hid in one of the houses in the estate. The attackers who were bent on administering jungle justice on the man threatened to unleash mayhem unless the motorist was handed over to them for lynching.
Image Newspaper gathered that the timely invitation and arrival of the Police and soldiers at estate saved the day for the apprehensive residents. A police source said that the FCT command has taken over the area to enforce peace.
The Okada riders were said to have set fire to two buildings in the estate. Residents of the estate told our correspondent that the motorcyclists attacked the estate in their attempt to apprehend an unknown motorist.
They disclosed that the motorist was chased by a large crowd of motorcyclists after he overran two motorcyclists.
The early arrival of security operatives at the estate averted further damage to properties.
According to the Estate Manager, Mr. Adebisi Adelowo, “Over 100 Hausa bike riders attacked our estate some hours ago. They tried to burn down the estate by putting fire on two buildings.
“They pulled down our gate and started stoning people’s houses. We couldn’t stop them until the police and the army intervened.
“We later learnt that they attacked our estate because two of their colleagues were knocked to death by a motorist who ran to our estate for safety as he was been chased with big stones and other dangerous weapons.
“The motorist who is not even a resident of our estate ran into the estate because he noticed a police post in front of the estate.”
The FCT Police command’s spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, could not be reached for her comments as at the time of filing this report.