A commercial motorcyclist (Okada rider) identified as Okon Akpan, reportedly met his untimely after a dirty naira note argument between him and his passenger identified as Miss Titilope Fatai reportedly turned bloody.
According to eyewitnesses, the Okada rider had conveyed his Miss Titilope Fatai, from Okokomaiko to Iyanoba market for a fee of N200. However the argument started after Fatai gave the cyclist N500 and got N300 balance, made up of N200 and N100 notes from Akpan. The lady returned the N100 Note and requested for replacement on the grounds that it was “too dirty”.
However the motorcyclist who insisted he did not have a neater note to replace the ‘smelling’ one as demanded by his passenger, tried to leave without resolving the dirty naira note argument, but got slapped by the lady which made him start beating her.
Unknown to the cyclist, the lady was popular among the street urchins around, who in turn, reacted by also giving Akpan a thorough beating to a state of unconsciousness, and thereafter dispersed. His fellow commercial motorcyclists had to come to his rescue, after which they took him to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
NAN reported that a Traffic Policeman at the scene of the incident, Mr Uzochukwu Amadi, described the behavior of the youth as ‘dreadful’. Reacting to the incident, a lecturer with the Lagos State University, Dr Kaka Afolabi, appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria to inject new Naira Notes into the system, adding that the current ones in circulation were ‘eye sores’.
“We expect the authorities concerned to act quickly before more Nigerians fall victims of dirty naira notes.
“Our present N100 is the worse; it is no longer durable and its acceptability has become subject of debates during transactions, thereby leading to quarrels in most cases,’’ he noted.