Chaos As Policeman Shoots Okada Man In Osogbo

There was tension in Osogbo capital of Osun State on Tuesday evening as a mobile police officer allegedly shot a commercial motorcyclist identified as Saheed Olabomi. 

According to sources, the incident happened around 5:10PM along Old Oba road via Oke-Onitea Junction, Ring Road Osogbo. 

It was learnt that there was gridlock around the area and some riot policemen wanted to maneuver their way through, however, a sand-carrying truck blocked their path, forcing them to angrily stop it and started to beat the driver. 

Unfortunately, the gun one of the officers was holding accidentally discharged and hit a commercial motorcyclist on his head. 

Our correspondent who visited that scene observed blood stain on the road as motorcyclists gathered in the area in solidarity. 

Radio Nigeria gathered that the motorcyclists stormed the government house, Oke-Fia to protest but security operatives attached to the place dispersed them. 

The passenger, Olabosipo Tajudeen, who the Okada rider was conveying when the incident happened spoke to Radio Nigeria the scene of the crime, saying he picked him from Lameco. 

He narrated thus; “When we got to this place there was a gridlock. A tipper driver blocked the road. This made it difficult for us to pass. The men of anti-riot police intended to arrest the tipper driver but he was arguing on why they wanted to arrest him. Later, they were able to arrest him and drag him into their vehicle. As they were about to leave the scene they shot into the air and the bullet hit the motorcyclist.”

A family member of the motorcyclist, named Mojeed Oyedele who spoke with Radio Nigeria at the scene of the incident confirmed that his brother was not dead but in a coma.

The issue degenerated as motorcyclists stormed the popular Oke-Fia Junction and made bonfires on the road causing heavy gridlock in the area for about two hours. 

When contacted, the Osun State Police Spokesperson, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident, but said she had not being briefed on the details.

Adenitan Akinola

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