There is pandemonium in Karu, a small town in Abuja, following the death of a motorcyclist otherwise known as okada operator. According to reports, several okada operators took to the street in a violent manner, to protest the death of their colleague.
CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the protesters, in an attempt to get justice for their dead colleague went berserk and started destroying vehicles and other properties in the area worth hundreds of thousand. Some were said to be causing harm to other innocent passersby.
The riot it was learnt, started around 11am on Sunday, May 9, 2021. It led to Churches in the area to lock their gate, as well as issuing a strong warning to their members not to come out for fear of being attacked.
Meanwhile, Police operatives have been deployed to the area, however, the protesters are said to be hauling stones and other missile at them.
When the violence became too much, the Commander, Army Headquarters Garrison (AHQG), Major-General Dahiru, deployed Soldiers to the area in an attempt to arrest the situation.
Residents of Karu, Jikwoyi, Kurudu, Orozo, Karshi among other towns in the area are trapped as residents and motorists alike have been asked to stay clear off the route until normalcy is restored.
According to an Okada operator, the death of one of their colleague led to the protest. He alleged that a Police man shot an Okada rider, and when they heard it, they mobilized themselves to protest the killing.
As of the time of filing this report, more security personnel have been deployed to some Churches in the area. This is so that the protesters won’t attack members of the Church.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police Command, ASP. Yusuf Mariam confirmed that the protest was as a result of the death of an Okada rider.
She said that the Police are doing everything possible to queer the situation and restore peace to the troubled area.