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Okada riders protest in Warri

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—PANDEMONUIM broke out in parts of Warri metropolis and environs yesterday morning when commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as Okada staged a violent protest against alleged indiscriminate levies by local government revenue officers.

The marauding Okada riders, who vented their anger on everyone in sight, forced people to run helter-skelter for the safety of their lives.

They also used firewood/ plank to attacked their colleagues that failed to join in the protest.

The protests that took place at P.T.I road in Effurun, Igbudu market and Okumagba Estate/Avenue areas in Warri provided an opportunity for street urchins to loot and steal from unsuspecting motorists and commuters.

It took the combined efforts of the joint patrol teams of mobile policemen and soldiers to save the situation from degenerating into a bloody confrontation at Igbudu market area before they were dislodged.

Vanguard gathered that Warri South, Warri South West, Udu and Uvwie local government councils had reintroduced the sales of tickets to Okada riders as part of efforts to shore up their revenue base.

Chairman of Warri South council area, Mr. Mofe Edema, later spoke to the leadership of the striking Okada riders.

He placated the protesters who then resorted to venting their anger on each other to draw the attention of the state government.

Contacted, Press Secretary to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Mr. Linus Chima, said the state government would intervene in the matter to ensure that the peace in the state was sustained.


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