Detained 123 Northerners In Lagos Regain Freedom

The Lagos State Police Command has released the 123 men, who were intercepted along Moshalashi road, Agege alongside 48 motorcycles in a truck, which was coming from Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana in a statement said that a truck, with Registration Number JIGAWA HJA-680-XA, conveying the male passengers and motorcycles was on Friday, intercepted and searched.

He said that the vehicle and passengers were searched but nothing incriminating was found.

Also, a statement by Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar’s Personal Secretary, Auwalu D. Sankara, issued on Saturday and obtained by Solacebase said state government had already contacted the Lagos State Government over the unlawful arrest of 123 Okada riders who are indigenes of Jigawa State.

It said, “After getting in touch with the officials of the Lagos state government, Governor Badaru, who was not in the country also spoke to the All Progressives Congress, APC, leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who assured of their unconditional release,” he noted.

“They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they were, where they came from, their background and their mission in Lagos.

“They all came from Jigawa State, North West Region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders.

“Some of them are already based in Lagos with their families while others are coming for the first time. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture,” Elkana said.

He said that the Police was satisfied with their legitimate mission in the State and allowed them to proceed to their various destinations.

Elkana said that the Lagos Police Command would not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State.

(NAN)