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BREAKING: Police bow to pressure, freed 123 motorcyclists arrested in Lagos
The Nigeria Police Force. Lagos State finally has bowed to pressure for the release of 123 people detained earlier with 48 motorcycles in Lagos state.
Nigerians, earlier today set twitter ablaze with question “who is Nigerian? to protest the detention of the detenees on “illegal mass movement of Okada riders.”
In a statement confirmed earlier, the State Commissioners for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and Transportation, Dr. Abimbola Oladehinde, jointly coordinated the arrest, the verified Twitter handle of the Lagos State government revealed.
The detainees, which were men, were coming from Jigawa when they were rounded up by the Task Force amidst tension and anxiety in the state.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Ikhana, who confirmed to newsmen, said after profiling of the men, nothing incriminating was found on them.
He said the men were arrested following thw way and manner their motorcycles were arranged, adding that it raised security concern.
Also, the Chairman of the Task force, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, explained that the interception on Friday was a proactive step to protect the state against any external attack.
Egbeyemi had said that they acted swiftly on the tip off, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “While my team was on operation, we got information from the public that some people had entered into Lagos in trailer loaded with over 300 people. We swiftly responded to the alert and trailed the truck from Berger area to Agege. We eventually intercepted the truck which carried no few than 123 men and 48 motorcycles.
“We have interrogated most of the truck’s occupants; from the information we gathered, some of them said they were coming from Jigawa State, with 48 of them claiming to own seized motorcycles. The rest of them said they came to Lagos in search of greener pasture.”
Egbeyemi said the Lagos Police Command had directed that a fact-finding panel be constituted to profile the detained occupants of the truck, but he added that nothing incriminating was found on them apart from the motorcycles