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One killed as youths, motorcyclists clash in Lagos.

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A young man identified as Toib Awolesi, 28, was on Tuesday killed and his body dumped inside a river after commercial motorcyclists and community youths clashed in Lagos.

The incident occurred at Agboyi, a riverine community in Alapere.

It was gathered that crisis started on Monday night after Awolesi, a generator repairer from across the river, was said to have bought a new motorcycle.

It was learnt that the deceased on his way home, was stopped by commercial motorcycles, who pleaded to test drive the new bike.

Having obliged the two, a third person was said to have come forward to also test drive but his request was turned down by Awolesi on ground that thy have over tested it.

Irked by his denial, other commercial motorcyclists there were said to have ganged up and beaten the young man, who ran to his village and mobilised his kinsmen.

It was gathered that a fight ensued between the motorcyclists and Awolesi’s kinsmen, which led to the destruction of properties.

Although calm was said to have returned Monday night, another violence resumed Tuesday afternoon after Awolesi’s body was found floating on the river.

It was gathered that the community youths went berserk and razed several motorcycles belonging to the operators.

A source who hinted on the incident said it took the intervention of the Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police  (ACP),  Area Commander, Ogudu, ACP Miller Dantawaye, Divisional Police Officer  (DPO) Alapere and their personnel to contain the situation.

He said: “A generator repairer was killed and thrown into the river. His body was discovered floating by fishermen at around 2pm on Tuesday and this caused serious violence between the youths and motorcyclists.

“He bought a bike and there was celebration. One of the riders, who tested it condemned the bike as not good and he lifted it up.

“That caused trouble between Toib and some of the riders, who were from Ede, Osun State. People intervened and settled it on Saturday night. On Sunday, Toib and his friends, who were indegenes mobilised and attacked the riders.

“The Baale was reported to have settled them but on Monday night, Toib was matcheted, tied to his back and thrown into the river.

“This afternoon (Tuesday) fishermen saw his body floating and they drew the attention of the people to it. Youth mobilised and attacked the other group, who are predominantly motorcyclists.

“The police were called in and they restored calm in the community. They also arrested four persons.”

Police spokesman Chike Oti confirmed the incident, adding that 10 suspects have been arrested and were being interrogated.

He said: “Our policemen were contacted and they quickly moved to the scene to ensure that law and order was restored. They have had meetings with the wearing factions on the need to live peaceably.

“We have 10 suspects in out custody and I can assure you that the circumstances that led to the death of the young man would be unravelled. All those behind it would be brought to justice.”

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