A Lagos based-Lawyer, Spurgeon Ataene, has called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, to release about 20 commercial motorcyclists, popularly called Okada riders, allegedly arrested by his men at Festac area of Lagos state.
The lawyer also called for the release of the remains of late Thomas Tumba, who was allegedly killed by the Police during the raid on commercial motorcyclists.
It would be recalled that a team of Police had on September 1, 2015, at about 12.30 a.m., stormed 7th Avenue in the FESTAC Town, and carried off some motorcycles while some of the riders were also arrested.
Ataene, who is a solicitor, a segment of the commercial motorcyclists under the aegis of Adamawa Peoples’ of Festac, led by Tumba Miyi, made the appeal in a petition dated September 4, 2015, and made available to Nigerian Pilot Sunday.
Parts of the petition reads; “Recently,Police from the division and Command invaded our clients’ abode at Festac and illegally seized more than 200 motorbikes belonging to our clients and stuffed them and more than 20 persons among the Adamawa boys into a awaiting canals took them to Alausa, Ikeja, where they are presently being tortured..in the process of raiding, Thomas Tumba, was short in the forehead and he died instantly.”
Ataene also called for the transfer of the matter to State Criminal and Investigation Department, SCID, for discrete investigation of the matter.
“Whereof Sir, we craved your indulgence to transfer the case file to SCID, Panti for discreet investigation, so as to unravel the killer of Thaddeus Tumba, and bring them to book. In addition, to order the unconditional release of the motorbikes and persons detained.
“We believe that your good office will intervene and allow our clients to go about their legitimate business of commercial motorbike riding,” the lawyer stated.