By Isiaka Oyibo
LOKOJA â€” ANGRY commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, yesterday, invaded the Kogi State Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), and chased some of the officials out while others were beaten up.
The commercial motorcyclists, said to be about 100 in number, wereÂ said to have destroyed no fewer than 10 vehicles and carted away two motorcycles.
They were said to be protesting the alleged killing of two people by a patrol van of the FRSC.
The okada riders, mostly youths, were said to have been irked when a commuter busÂ coming from Abuja and heading to Enugu was
said to have run into a ditch along Kabawa road near Old Market following a hot pursuit by men of the FRSC.
Two people, including the driver of the commuter bus, were said to have lost their lives in the process, a situation which drew the anger of passers-by, most of whom were said to be okada riders, who pounced on the FRSC patrol vehicle before marching to the state sector command where they destroyed virtually everything in sight.
While commenting on the issue, the state Sector Commander, Abayomi Asaniyan, told newsmen that the destruction was carried out by okada riders and some area boys popularly known as Kabawa Boys who only used the incident as a smokescreen to attack his men and officials.
He said the okada riders were aggrieved over the enforcement of the use of crash helmets and decided to use that incident to unleashed terror on the sector.
While denying that the said accident was caused by his men, he said the actual cause of the accident was as a result of a commuter bus coming from Abuja who was flagged down by one of his patrol teams attached to Koton Karfi town but instead of stopping, he zoomed off because he could not produce the passengersâ€™ manifest.
On getting to Lokoja, he said, the driver sighted another patrol team of FRSC who he thought was the same patrol team, which made the driver to over speed and lost control landing in a ditch.
The FRSC boss said it was while his men were rescuing victims of the accident that the okada people swooped on them.