A bloody clash between motorcyclists, otherwise known as okada riders, and transport unions have left at least seven people killed and 11 Dangote trucks burnt.
It was gathered that irate youths burnt down the vehicles packed outside the company’s factory in Ibese, Yewa North local government ogun state.
The clash, it was gathered, was triggered by an alleged increase in riders’ tickets, from N600 to N800.
The clash soon took an ethnic dimension as Hausas and Yorubas turned against each other, a development which witnesses say left seven people dead as of Tuesday evening.
Speaking on how the incident began, Hamzat Ibrahim, an indigene of Ibese community, told premium time the conflict began on Monday after a disagreement between a motorcyclist and a union representative trying to sell him a ticket.
“Hausas beat the union representative to a pulp and in retaliation, it became a full-blown clash between the Yorubas and the Hausas and many things were destroyed.
“The Hausas were shooting. Only God knows where they got guns from.
“After the whole fight, men in military uniform came to our town and started shooting. Our investigation showed that those soldiers are unknown.
“But an ID card fell off from one of those putting on the military uniform and the ID card showed that the bearer is a Dangote staff in the transport department, but we are still investigating.”
Also speaking to the publication, Adeyanju Awoso, a member of the House of Assembly representing Yewa North 1 State Constituency, blamed the government and Dangote Cement for the incident.
He told Premium Times:
“So many problems are confronting our people in Ibese, the way they are treating our people is very bad. Can you imagine that as big as that plant is, the largest in Africa, it doesn’t have a trailer park? Assuming it had a trailer park, their trucks that were burnt would not have been burnt.
“Our governor and Dangote himself need to address this issue urgently.
“Meanwhile, from the report I had, the youths in the community got angry after the military, who visited the community later yesterday (Tuesday) started shooting anyhow. Specifically, they killed an innocent man sitting in front of his house.”
Mr Awoso said he had informed the secretary to the state government as well as the governor’s chief of staff about the incident.
Meanwhile, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesperson in the state, maintained the clash was a minor one that had been brought under control.
However, videos seen by The Street Journal showed a number of people who sustained varying degrees of injuries being attended to at a health facility.