A group of angry motorcyclists alias Okada riders have allegedly set the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Bida local government area of Niger State on fire.
PARADISE NEWS learnt that the incident occurred on Friday afternoon after the death of an Okada rider which was believed was caused by the FRSC officials on patrol.
According to sources, some Okada riders invaded the FRSC office, brought out some furniture, before burning the building and the furniture with fuel.
“Some FRSC officers where chasing an Okada rider who was carrying a passenger. In the process, they hit the bike man with their vehicle. He and the passenger were seriously injured and later died.
“When other Okada men saw the incident, they decided to team up and invaded the Road Safety office.
“They carried fuel and other inflammable materials and set up the office on fire. The police tried to stop them, but they outnumbered the police”, a source who pleaded anonymity said.
It was learnt that the Chairman of Bida Local Government Council, Alhaji Mohammed Sheshi, immediately after the Friday prayers visited the scene to assess the extent of damage.
Efforts to reach the Niger State sector command of the FRSC proved abortive as their phone lines were switched off.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident, saying investigation has commenced.