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Police Arrest 34 After Iyana-Ipaja Violence

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Daniel Ojukwu

The police have arrested 34 motorcycle riders alleged to have attacked policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce in Iyana-Ipaja area of the State.

A protest begun at about 10am on Wednesday after the police arrived to enforce the ban on motorcycle and tricycle operations.

They met resistance as riders and hoodlums allegedly attacked them.

Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana said one Inspector Salifu Umar was injured in the clash.

86 motorcycles were impounded after the violence.

Elkana said: “Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and some teams of Police Officers carried out enforcement on restrictions of Motorcycles and Tricycles at Aboru area, where 86 Motorcycles were impounded.

“But after the impoundment, owners of the seized Motorcycles and thugs in large number advanced to Iyana – Ipaja and attacked Police Officers on duty at Iyana Ipana roundabout, Alaguntan junction and Aboru junction.

“The injured Inspector was rushed to hospital and he is responding to treatment. One LASTMA vehicle and two Neighbourhood Watch patrol bicycles were burnt by the hoodlums.

“The windscreen of Police patrol vehicle was also damaged. Reinforcement was send to the affected areas by the Command Headquarters and the situation was brought under control.

“The Commissioner of Police has condemned the attack on Police Officers carrying out their lawful duties and vow that the perpetrators of such dastardly acts will face the full weight of the law. The suspects will be charged to Court.”

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