On Monday, February 3, operators of commercial motorcycles and tricycles reportedly clashed with police officers who were deployed to Ijora Olopa area (Lagos) to enforce the recent ban on both transport systems. According to local reports, gunshots have been heard and tires are being burnt in the area as of early afternoon (local time) on Monday.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the clashes over the coming hours. Further protests and related clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Authorities announced a ban on commercial motorbikes throughout most of Lagos effective from February 1. Officials cited the need to reduce overcrowding and the toll of fatal accidents in the city.
Individuals in Lagos state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.