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Prison warders and okada riders clash in Ibadan

Prison warders, Okada riders clash in Ibadan; police station burnt

Some prison warders and commercial motorcyclists had a faceoff at the at the Agodi Correctional Centre, Gate Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, leading to pandemonium.

This reportedly resulted in the burning of the Idi Ogungun Police Outstation by some angry youths. In addition, another police station opposite the correctional centre was also damaged.

There are reports that one of the motorcyclists was shot by a prison warder, however, in conflicting reports, some witnesses claimed that it was a teargas canister, which the warder held that exploded and injured the motorcyclist in the face.

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According to accounts of the incident, as given by some traders in the area, the victim was shot by the prison officials after he refused to pay a bribe of N50.

They claimed that it is the normal practice for the prison warders to extort okada riders, who station their bikes near the correctional facility to pick passengers.

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The alleged shooting of the motorcyclist enraged his colleagues and other youths in the area, who made bonfires on the road, causing a breach in vehicular movement.

According to one trader, “One of the warders demanded N50 from an okada rider, but that one said he could not give a bribe because he’s a Muslim. The warder later dragged him inside and shot him. This led to a crisis in the area.”

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It was not clear if the motorcyclist died or just injured, but some people claimed he had been taken to hospital.

Following the violence which caused commuters, motorists and passers-by to run helter-skelter, policemen and operatives of the Operation Burst, comprising soldiers and other security agents, were deployed to the area to restore normalcy.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, security agents were deployed to the area to prevent hoodlums from seizing the opportunity of the clash to attack the prison.

Fadeyi confirmed that one police station in the area was burnt, while another was damaged.

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The PPRO stated, “Contrary to the currently trending news online that policemen fired shots, leading to injury at the Agodi Gate area this morning, the truth is that there was a clash between officers of the correctional service and okada riders stationed at Agodi Gate.

“Upon the receipt of this information, policemen as well as other security agents moved to the scene to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order that could lead to coordinated attacks on the prison facility.

“The Idi Ogungun Police Outstation was burnt, while the Agodi 2 Station opposite the correctional centre was damaged.”

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