Ondo govt warns Okada riders, as Tipper drivers ground Akure

Social and commercial activities were today grounded for several hours in Akure, the Ondo State capital as Tippers and quarry owners block major roads to protest the alleged burning of a truck by angry commercial motorcyclists

SUNSHINETRUTH had reported that the truck was on Friday burnt following an accident involving a motorcyclist and a truck parked along High court road in Akure where the okada rider and his passenger died on the spot.

Some of the roads being blocked with trucks during the peaceful protest included, Oba osupa round about popularly known as NEPA, A-Division, High court road, hospital road and the popular Oba Adesida road.The situation has made some residents to start trekking while car owners also parked by the roadsides as traffick remains distrupted.

The chairman of the Association, Mr Moyosola Abiodun said commercial motorcyclists usually burnt down vehicles involving in accidents with them.

A tipper driver, Mr Femi Afolabi explained that frequent burning of such costly vehicles could discourage the investors and in turn affect economy of the drivers.

The people therefore called on the State government to ensure that only trained and sensitized commercial motorcyclists were allowed to ply the roads.

ONDO GOVT REACTS

Ondo State government has cautioned motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Okada’ riders to see road accidents as human errors,warning them against mob actions whenever they involved in road accidents.

The state Deputy Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa gave the charge on Monday in Akure while addressing the operators during a protest visit to the governor’s office.

THE Deputy governor therefore advised them not to use the opportunity of riding commercial motorcycles to cause further havoc by setting vehicles involved in an accident or other property ablaze.

He spoke against the backdrop of an attack by Okada riders and the counter-attack by tipper drivers in Akure the state capital over the weekend.

Aiyedatiwa said they should show understanding rather than vent anger at such times.

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