A MOB on Thursday, set ablaze some commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, following the death of a male passerby who died shortly after he was hit by a rider.
The incident occurred at Isheri-Oshun Road in Jakande, Isolo, Lagos.
According to eye eyewitness’ account, the incident occurred after the rider who was riding against the traffic reportedly knocked down the victim who died immediately.
In retaliation, a mob pounced on the rider, beat him to stuppor and attempted to lynch him but the timely arrival of some Policemen rescued the rider to a nearby hospital for medical attention but before they returned to the scene, the mob has hijacked motorcycles in sight and set them on fire.
While reacting to the incident, the Lagos State Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin told Channels Television that the Divisional Police Officer in the area Folorunsho Gabriel responded to the emergency immediately, rescuing the suspect from the mob attack and evacuating the corpse from the scene.
“The Police arrived at the scene on time and rescued the motorcycle rider from lynching. The Police immediately took the rider to the hospital for treatment and evacuated the pedestrian. Before the Police arrived back at the scene, a mob was already burning the motorcycles left behind by the fleeing riders,” he added.
“The Lagos State Police Command condemns jungle justice in very strong terms. Anyone found engaging in such would be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
Normalcy has returned to the area as security operatives are on the ground to forestall further mob action.