The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered immediate deployment of additional police personnel to Iyana Iba, Alaba Rago and Ojo areas of the state where there was disagreement between members of the transport unions on Monday.
The Command’s spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Monday said the clash involved the commercial motorcycle unit of the union over increment in tariff.
To ensure that normalcy is fully restored to the area, the Commissioner also directed the Area Commander, Area E Festac, to personally be on ground to monitor the situation and invite the leaders of the affected Okada riders unit for an urgent meeting.
He however debunked the rumour that the clash was between different ethnic groups and urged members of the public to go about their business peacefully.
“The command wishes to debunk the rumours that the disgreement, not violence as being peddled in the social media, is between some ethnic groups.
“Without mincing words, the incident has no ethnic colouration whatsoever but a mere conflict between transport unions and their Okada units on ticketing and increment in tariff.
“The command therefore, enjoins members of the public, especially those around the areas, including students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, to go about their lawful businesses and studies, respectively,” he read.
Adejobi added that no arrest has been made yet and that adequate deployment has been done to fortify security in the areas and Lagos State in general.