Protest as Lagos policemen enforcing ban kill motorcyclist

Policemen from the Lagos State Police Command’s Sagamu Road Police Division are accused of shooting dead a motorcyclist, Stephen Alabi, alias Doctor, near Sabo Market in the state’s Ikorodu district.

Alabi and his colleagues were claimed to be in a park near the Sabo Market when police arrived to seize motorcycles from riders violating the state’s motorcycle ban.Information Guide Nigeria

A biker, Olawale Olawuwo, told our correspondent that the policemen were attempting to grab a bike from his comrade when Alabi intervened, adding that one of the cops shot him.

Olawuwo said, “The incident happened on Thursday; motorcyclists were at our park at the front gate of the Sabo Market when policemen stormed the premises to impound motorcycles. They were about seizing a bike from a motorcyclist when the deceased met them at the front gate of the market around 3pm.NYSC portal

“Alabi was trying to settle the matter between the motorcyclist and the policemen when one of the cops cocked his gun and started shooting; one of the stray bullets hit Alabi.

“We don’t know why the policemen started shooting; we attempted going to the Sagamu Road Police Station, but we were told that the policemen at the station would detain us if we went there because the policeman responsible for the bullet that struck Alabi was from the station.”JAMB portal

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PUNCH Metro gathered that colleagues of the deceased staged a demonstration and blocked the Ebute-Igbogbo Road to express their grievances on Saturday.

Speaking during the protest, a motorcyclist, who gave his name only as Tobender for security reasons, confirmed that the police were enforcing the ban on motorcycle operations when Alabi was killed.

He said, “The policemen arrested me on Ojubode Road in Ikorodu, seized my motorcycle from 8am till 5pm when they released it after collecting N10,500. There are a lot of traffic robbers at the Garage Roundabout but the police do not arrest them. But the police go after those who use motorcycles to feed their families. If we complain, the police usually say Lagos does not want Okada and yet we pay for tickets.”JAMB Result

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