28 years old Tobi Awolesi, has been killed and his body disposed in the river after commercial motorcyclists and community youths clashed in Agboyi, a riverine community in Alapere, Lagos State.
Sources revealed that conflict stated when the deceased refused some commercial motorcyclists there request to test ride the new bike he just purchased.
Angered by the refusal to allow them test ride his new bike, some of the motorcyclists ganged up against him and beat him to stupor. The young man in a quest for revenge, ran to his village and mobilised his kinsmen.
It was gathered that Awolesi’s kinsmen had a life threatening face-off with some of the motorcyclists, which led to the destruction of properties.
The Nation gathered that after the relative peace that was restored on Monday evening, violence continued on Tuesday afternoon after Awolesi’s body was found floating on the river.
It was gathered that the community youths went berserk and razed several motorcycles belonging to the operators.
According to the Source who witnessed the incident; “A generator repairer was killed and thrown into the river. His body was discovered floating by fishermen at around 2pm on Tuesday and this caused serious violence between the youths and motorcyclists.
“He bought a bike and there was celebration. One of the riders, who tested it condemned the bike as not good and he lifted it up.
“That caused trouble between Toib and some of the riders, who were from Ede, Osun State. People intervened and settled it on Saturday night. On Sunday, Toib and his friends, who were indegenes mobilised and attacked the riders.
“The Baale was reported to have settled them but on Monday night, Toib was matcheted, tied to his back and thrown into the river.
“This afternoon (Tuesday) fishermen saw his body floating and they drew the attention of the people to it. Youth mobilised and attacked the other group, who are predominantly motorcyclists.
“The police were called in and they restored calm in the community. They also arrested four persons.”
Naija News understands that it took the intervention of the Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Area Commander, Ogudu, ACP Miller Dantawaye, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Alapere and their personnel to contain the situation.
While confirming the incident, Chike Oti, the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, said that 10 suspects have been apprehended and were helping the investigation by the police into the matter.
“Our policemen were contacted and they quickly moved to the scene to ensure that law and order was restored. They have had meetings with the wearing factions on the need to live peaceably.
“We have 10 suspects in out custody and I can assure you that the circumstances that led to the death of the young man would be unravelled. All those behind it would be brought to justice.” he said.
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