From what we learnt, it was a disturbing scene at the Agodi Gate area of Ibadan when the warders at the Agodi Correctional Centre clashed with some okada riders. As a result of this violent clash, the Idi Ogungun Police Outstation was razed down by mobs in the area. These angry youths also destroyed another police station opposite the prison.
Prison warders and okada riders clashed recently in Agodi Gate area of Ibadan
While some shop owners in the area reported that an okada rider was shot by one of the prison officials, eyewitnesses revealed that a teargas canister is used by the warder to injure the motorcyclist by exploding in his face.
The traders in the area disclosed that the motorcyclist was shot by the warder after refusing to pay them the usual ₦50 bribe. Dauda Abegunrin, who happens to own a shop around the area, said that the prison officials are known for regularly extorting the motorcyclists, especially those that pick passengers around the centre.
Abegunrin further revealed that the okada rider claimed he is a Muslim and would not give any bribe to the warder. This, according to him, angered the warder, who dragged him inside the facility and shot him there.
One of the motorcyclists was allegedly shot by the warder for his refusal to pay a bribe of 50 naira
This alleged shooting led to pandemonium as colleagues of the victim and other youths within the area took to the road to cause bonfire, making road users flee the area. Passers-by and motorists were spotted running for their safety as a result of this incident.
The present condition of the victim is yet unknown. While some are speculating that he was shot dead, many believe he was taken to the hospital to receive medical assistance. Meanwhile, in a similar story, a minimum of three people were dead, shops and vehicle vandalized as hoodlums clashed in Lagos recently.
Security agents were reportedly deployed to the area to restore normalcy
Operatives of the Operation Burst, made up of different security agents and some police officers were mobilized to the area to maintain peace and prevent the breakdown of law and order.
Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, who is the Police PRO in Oyo State, disclosed recently that the mobilization of security agents to the scene was to deny the miscreants the chance to lay siege on the prison. He also confirmed the destruction of the police outpost and police station in the area.