Commercial Motorcyclists, made up of mostly Hausa riders, clashed with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State on Monday.
The minor clash which stated between Hausa motorcyclists and NURTW members on Monday morning, degenerated into a tribal clash in Iyana-Iba area of Ojo..
It was learnt that the clash began when Hausa motorcyclists gathered themselves to protest constant harassment by the road union members, after an Hausa motorcyclist was allegedly beaten and stabbed to death.
The protest led to a fight which began with exchange of stones between members of the union and the motorcyclists, soon degenerated into a full blown crisis, as sporadic gunshots were heard at the scene.
Shouts of “e no concern una”, was barked at passerbys, as supposed members of the road union, tried explaining to whoever cared to listen, that the fight was between “us and aboki dem”.
The crisis has compelled the management of LASU to close the gates of the school as students and members of staff have been urged to remain within the premises.
Reacting on his Twitter page, Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the situation has been brought under control.
“The clash was between members of the transport union and the okada riders. Police have brought the situation under control. It’s not a tribal issue please. All Clear now,” Gawat tweeted.
UPDATE on Ojo, Iyana Iba etc unrest .. Officers of the Lagos Police Command, LNSC have brought situation under control. It’s NOT a Tribal issue pls… Area Calm now and everyone going about their lawful duties. @jidesanwoolu @gbenga_omo @gboyegaakosile @Prince_Muyen pic.twitter.com/BB22glXm70
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) April 26, 2021
Watch some videos from the scene below:
There's civil unrest at volks, Lasu iyana iba to Alaba rago.
The fight is between okada riders and their taskforce which escalated into tribal Yoruba and Hausa clashes.
— Olóṣèlú àgbáyé PolyBag👜👜✊🏿 (@mastermynd101) April 26, 2021
Video footage showing unrest around Ojo , iyana iba , volks , lasu road presently pic.twitter.com/q22SzZ0tXN
— Naija (@Naija_PR) April 26, 2021
Iyana Iba right now. Stay off that axis. Kindly retweet for awareness 🤲 pic.twitter.com/l6WOAVktTy
— Omo Kiikan 💙☪️ (@OmoKiikan) April 26, 2021
Guys pls stay off Iyana iba Lasu Road…💔💔💔
On going clash with NURTW with Okada Riders on that axiz pic.twitter.com/28oRJpZPnU
— Temitope (@Temiyardpipu) April 26, 2021
Volks bloody at the moment as their is a fight between some Fulani/ Hausa men and some Area boys, avoid this route and stay safe
Gov @jidesanwoolu pls do something sir
— Semakos’s Palace 🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@semako_pr) April 26, 2021
It’s really hot here in iyana Iba ..got stucked here for hours …no law enforcement on sight ..I just hope this dies down soon. pic.twitter.com/2q2YWYoA7k
— segun_ojoare (@segun_ojoare) April 26, 2021
Pls help retweet to save innocent lives , people coming towards badagry from iyana iba pls be careful oooo, e don dey hot for this area be at alert iyana iba, ojo alaba to okoko at the moment…😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/GIGTChRB1o
— 🎀E2NU🎀 too straight forward ✌️. (@HPotables) April 26, 2021
Everywhere at iyana iba is not safe at all. Even Lasu premises is full of Tear gas pic.twitter.com/sELlo2FHfy
— Esther (@Esther56683593) April 26, 2021
Guys stay safe out there..There's chaos in Iyana Iba pic.twitter.com/EGC40OkOub
— BEANS 100naira (@Urehjoseph) April 26, 2021
KanyiDaily had also reported how two persons were feared killed and many others injured during a clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders at the Ilepo Market in the Oke Odo area of Lagos State.