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Benin: Okada riders protest alleged extortion

Pandemonium broke out in the early hours of Thursday at Lawani Junction by New Benin and Upper Ekenwan Road by RTEAN office following a protest by aggrieved commercial motorcyclists over alleged extortion by a group of persons operating under the guise of Okada Riders Union.

It was rowdy situation at New Benin by Lawani Junction and Upper Ekenwan when the news crew arrived as the aggrieved okada riders expressed displeasure over alleged extortion by a group of persons.

The protesting commercial motorcyclists forced their colleagues who did not participate to join the protest and vehicular and pedestrian movements in the affected areas were temporarily disrupted.

It was gathered that the crisis emanated from Lawani Junction in New Benin before the motorcyclists proceeded to the Union Office on Ekenwan Road.

The situation however took a twist when a group of okada riders who stormed the Union Office on Ekenwan Road to carry out alleged mayhem were resisted by some soldiers who were called in to maintain law and order.

Speaking with Independent Television News Crew, Spokesperson for the protesters said Comrade Adoroh in company of other members operate under Okada Riders Union to extort money from them, under the guise of giving a reflective jacket.

They appealed to government to intervene in the issue.

In a swift reaction, the State President, Okada Riders Union, Comrade Peter Adoroh vehemently denied the allegation.

Comrade Adoroh said in view of the nefarious activities of some okada riders, the union devised a means to identify genuine commercial motorcyclists. Comrade Adoroh alleged that those fomenting trouble and the bad eggs who have no traceable identity.

On his part, the Assistant State Secretary, RTEAN, Mr. Idemudia Obakpolor said his Union has no hand in the activities of okada riders adding that the leadership of Okada Riders Union is a tenant in RTEAN office.

The presence of security operatives prevented the protest from degenerating.

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