Okada ban in Adamawa results in violent clash between troops and youths: at least 2 dead, many injured

06/08/2019

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Youths in Adamawa mobilized to fight troops of the Nigerian army over alleged unjust treatment following the ban of motorcycles in their area! The clash has caused 2 deaths and a lot of injuries. See details below!

A crisis erupted between troops of the Nigerian army and youths in Fufore local government area over the ban on motorcycles in Adamawa popularly known as Okada.

It was alleged that two people were shot dead by the military personnel and six others badly injured from gunshots.

A resident in the area, Adamu Jauro Komboje, disclosed that a crowd of youths stormed the streets, protesting against alleged harassment over the motorcycle ban earlier imposed by the Nigerian army. Komboje revealed that the issue reached its tipping point when some soldiers attempted to impound a motorcycle belonging to a young man in the vicinity, but the young man resisted. He further stated that, after ceasing people’s motorcycles, the soldiers would be seen riding them or give them to their errand boys to ride.

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"If you say there's a ban on the use of motorcycles, then our understanding is that no one, not even the soldiers should be riding it. This morning the soldiers stormed the motor park area, beat up people randomly, one Sani Sakatare was beaten to stupor; I believe this was what triggered the protest,” he said.

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A scene from the incident 

Commenting on the incident, the Brigadier General said that the army was working toward enforcing the ban on motorcycles, but youths in Ganye flouted the ban, resisted arrest, and mobilized against the troops.

“This incident that just happened, they threw stones and even broke a military vehicle; the youths were very violent.”

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Hope the local government soon has a proper approach to solve the problem

Mohammed further stated that, in line with the rules of engagement, the troops reacted in self defense to contain the violent crowd.

Adamawa Ministry of Information urged the youths to adhere to the ban, and assured them of the government’s efforts to lift it upon a satisfactory review of the situation.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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