PANDEMONIUM AS OKADA RIDERS PROTEST IMPOSITION OF #3,000 JACKET FEE.
Pandemonium broke out in Ado, Ekiti State capital as Commercial motorcyclists known as Okada riders took to the streets to protest the imposition of three thousand naira on them by the leadership of the Association for the procurement of reflective jackets.
During the protest major roads in the state capital were blocked as they stopped members from carrying passengers to press home their demands.
However,the situation led to clash between loyalists of the executives of Okada riders and the protesters as dangerous weapons including cultlass, axe, club and bottles were used freely by the irate cyclists.
Members of the public were seen scampering for safety while traders hurriedly closed their shops for fear of attack and looting of their goods.
The development led to traffic congestion in major streets as the protesters barricaded roads and attacked commuters.
Some of them who spoke with our reporter wondered how an ordinary reflective jacket could be sold for three thousand Naira describing such development as sheer wickedness and extortion.
The protesters also lamented the high cost of tickets, booking fee, ID cards dues and other unrelivant dues imposed on them by the executives.
They vowed to continue the protest until the decision was rescinded
In a telephone interview, the public Relations officer of the Okada Riders Association in Ekiti State, Mr Yemi Afolalu said that the jacket was charged for three thousand naira due to its quality and promised that the leadership would find solution to the crisis.