On Tuesday 15th of September 2020, commercial keke operators marched in mass on the streets of the state’s capital Yenogoa, in protest against the death of Isaac Kosudi, who was allegedly killed by officials of the Ministry of Transport’s task force on tricycles on the Swali Road in Bayelsa State.
Bayelsa task force officials arrested for allegedly killing a tricycle operator recently
From what we learnt, it all started when the late Keke operator was apprehended on Monday and his tricycle impounded for failing to purchase the mandatory ₦100 ticket for the daily operations within the Tombia area of the state.
From the information given by an official of the Tricycle Operators Association of Nigeria in Bayelsa, Kosudi and his tricycle were taken by the task force to their Swali office.
Upon arrival at their office, an anonymous official revealed that the deceased was asked to procure the ticket and pay the required fine before he could retrieve his confiscated tricycle. The late tricyclist decided to plead, claiming he was with no such money that was asked of him to pay as fine. His plead reportedly fell on their deaf ears as they insisted that he pay the fine.
From further reports, Kosudi’s inability to pay the certain fine and ticket got the officials of the task force really angry, and they were reduced to beating the Keke operator to a pulp. At a point when Kosudi was vomiting something from his mouth, they allegedly acquired a substance suspected to be an insecticide, placed it beside him to make it appear as if the rider committed suicide through.
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Kosudi gave up the ghost after he was rushed to one hospital within the state’s capital. The sudden demise of the tricyclist made his colleagues to angrily protest in getting justice for the deceased while setting roadblock on the Safety Road section of Mbiama-Yenogoa Road and Secretariat Road, close to the Government House.
Commercial tricycle operators took to the streets of Yenogoa to protest against the untimely death of their colleague
During the protest, the tricylists lamented heavily against the ill-treatment they received from the task force on daily basis on the roads. The office of the task force located on Swali Road was set on fire by some hoodlums who joined and took advantage of the protest. However, Grace Ekiotenne, who happens to be the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, had a meeting with affected bodies, in a bid to resolve the conflicts.
The Bayelsa State Police command has confirmed the arrest of 2 task force members identified as Israel Monday and Emomotimi Ogbe, over their possible hands in the death of the tricyclist.
According to Mr. Asinim Butswat, the spokesperson for the state’s police command, as a part of the statement issued, assured the commercial tricylists of thorough investigation and appropriate justice to be meted out to the culprits if found guilty.