Okada Riders Revolt against Union Leaders in Lokoja

There was chaos on Thursday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, when some commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, staged a protest against leaders of their union.

The aggrieved riders who barricaded some streets and major junctions in Lokoja, called for the removal of the current union executives for alleged corruption, high-handedness, abuse of power, attack on colleagues and misappropriation of funds.

Daily Post reports that the riders urged Governor Yahaya Bello to sack the executives and take over the runnings of the sector.

They alleged that the association charged them heavily for tickets yet mismanaged the funds, adding that the executives recruited some miscreants who are in the habit of assaulting and beating up riders.

They alleged that a commercial motorcyclist, who was carrying a passenger, was pushed while in motion by one of the miscreants. They fell off the bike and sustained serious injuries” they stated.

Some leaders of the association were seen around the Lokoja local government secretariat where they were hiding from possible attack but they declined to comment on the development.

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