Okada riders set police station ablaze in Ibadan

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…Over alleged killing of colleague by policeman

From GBENGA ADESUYI, Ibadan

Confusion pervaded the air at Kuola area of Apata yesterday following the violent clash, which erupted between policemen and motorcycle operators popularly called Okada in the area. At least seven policemen and two Okada riders were severely injured in the clash, which lasted for over three hours, while Kuola Station, five vehicles and seven motorcycles were set ablaze by the angry motorcyclists.

Daily Sun gathered that the violence erupted after an Okada rider plying the area was allegedly beaten to death by a police officer attached to Kuola Police Station for refusing to pay bribe. It was further learnt that the policemen had been extorting money from the Okada riders who carried more than one passenger in recent times.

Trouble started yesterday when an Okada rider who carried two passengers who were students of a secondary school in the area was stopped by a policeman. His refusal to stop and give the policeman money on the excuse that he was carrying students sparked off hot argument between the Okada rider and the police and in the process the Okada rider tried to escape.

But while trying to find an escape route, the policeman allegedly hit him on the head with the baton he was holding and the Okada rider fell from the motorcycle and immediately gave up the ghost. Seeing that the Okada rider had died, residents stormed the scene and the policeman took to his heels. This sparked off protest by fellow Okada riders and youths in the area as about 50 of them besieged Kuola Police Station and demanded that the policeman be produced.

Pleas by the police officers on duty to the Okada riders fell on deaf ear as they intensified their protest by setting the police station ablaze. To quell the protest, about 10 police vans loaded with armed officers, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) as well as soldiers later moved to the scene and in the process about 30 Okada riders were arrested by the security operatives and taken to the Criminal Investigative Department, Iyaganku. Mr Ayodele Olowoyile, a community leader in Kuola, while commenting on the incident wondered why the police would still be allowing Okada riders in the area after they had been warned, following increasing rate of armed robbery attack.

A university don, who does not want his name in print, also, while commenting, blamed the police over the crisis, adding that the police ought to have organized seminar for Okada riders explaining the implication of carrying two passengers before beginning to arrest them. He also blamed the Area Commander who led policemen in the operation, saying he ought to have known better.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, the Area Commander prevented photo journalists’ from taking photographs, while ordering the seizure of the camera of a photo-journalist with the Nigerian Tribune. As a result of the violence, policemen in the area were forced to leave and relocate to another area.

While commenting on the incident, the state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO)DSP Lanade Ayodele denied report being speculated in some quarters that some people lost their lives in the clash, while confirming that at least 28 person had been arrested over burning of the police station in the area.

He added that the Criminal Investigation Department at Iyaganku had commenced thorough investigation into the matter. He also appealed to Okada riders to always obey police rules and regulation and to register their motorbike plate number.

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  1. A policeman that should protect lives and property is killn a man he ought to protect. He should be brought to book as a deterrence 2 others.

  2. Very sad to hear that destrotion of lives and property these so called uniform men in question were delegated to crimes but they went own business IG should do somthing to flush the bad eggs among them.

  3. NWANKWO HYGINUS on

    OH WHAT A SHAME,THE BLACK SHEEP AMONG THE POLICE FORCE SHOULD BE DISMISSED OR THEY WILL KEEP ON SOILING THE IMAGE OF THE GOOD ONES.

  4. The Nigerian police are criminals and agents of death. Nigerians, beware of them. That’s how they killed an okada man 2 days ago at Ilupeju Bye-pass in Lagos and nothing is done about. Their behaviour is as black as their uniform.

  5. NWANKWO HYGINUS on

    I WONDER WHEN OUR NIGERIA POLICE FORCE WILL REFRAIN FROM THIS ACT OF EXTORTION. SO AMY OF THEM ARE JUST LIKE A DOG, NO MATTER THE NATURE OF DETERGENT YOU WILL USE TO WASH A DOG, THE NOSTRIL WILL STILL BE BLACK.I’M HANDING A NOTE OF SERIOUS WARNING TO YOU TRIGGER HAPPY BLACK SHEEP IN OUR NIGERIA POLICE FORCE TO THINK TWICE

  6. akpojotor edward on

    THE LAGOS STATE POLICE OF LATE, AFTER THE DEPARTU OF CP AKPOYIBO, HAS BEEN TERRIFYING THE STATE. THEY KILL RANDOMLY. NEARLY EVERYDAY THERE MUST BE CASUALTY OF POLICE KILLING. WHAT IS WRONG?

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  8. THE NEWS IS A SAMPLE OF THE LEVEL OF WICKEDNESS, LAWLESSNESS, GREED AND INSUBORDINATION FACEING THE COUNTRY TODAY. REGARDLESS OF OUR SOCIAL STATUS OR WEAPONRY AT OUR DISPOSAL, MAY WE BE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER ALWAYS. HOWEVER, I THINK IT WILL BOASTER THE IMAGE OF THE FORCE IF THE MEN AND WOMEN TO BE RECRUITED HENCEFORTH WHERE INVESTIGATED STARTING FROM THEIR VILLAGE ON THEIR TEMPERAMENT. WITHOUT SOUNDING BLASPHEMOUS, I THINK THE POLICE SHOULD BE SEEN AND ACT AS THE ANGEL TO THE SOCIETY. BUT WHEN THEY HAVE TURN TO SOMETHING ELSE, THE BLAME MUST BE SHARED BETWEEN THEM AND THE PUBLIC WHO PREPARED THE GROUND FOR THEIR UNHOLY ACTIONS.

  9. It is not suprising as far as i’m concerned. That’s what you get when you employ cheap labour. Most of those “criminals in uniform” are in the NPF as a result of frustion; using the police as a lender of last resort.

  10. Tin tin nabulations on

    In the last paragraph ‘ he asked the okada riders to always obey the police rules &…’ Very funny rules. Is it not the same police rules of bribery that led to the death of the young man? You should rather urge them to obey the laws of the land & not the rules of police. Your duty is to enforce the laws of the land & not to legislate.

    • you said it all.The nigerian police has a different rule different from that of the country ; and rule is not gazzeted on paper

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  12. That was unprofessional by the police officer. For how long will police officers who re to protect lifes turns out to be the one’s taken innocent citizens life because of mere 20 naira………….

  13. This is so bad. May his soul rest in peace. However, I want to beg IG to set up uncorrupted monitoring unit in plan clothe to go round the formations as spies to study what his men are doing to the masses they are to protect. God bless Nigeria.

  14. pastor stephen.a.atikongu on

    Polices are not friend in nigeria,it is in civilised societies that they are friends. 95 percents of nigerian police are brutish, evil, bloodsucking, extortionist, liars, animals in human skin, and sadist. What the folks in that area in did was right and next time the ppr0 or the state commissioner of animals police in quote would stop to denied the home truth and teach his goons how to be civil. This just the begin in nigeria, a day is coming when the massess will confront the police on a bloody battle, yes they have the guns but how many can they killed.

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  16. Loud voice .i wonder why nigeria police men are insist of collecting bribe after thier monthly salary, though commisional of police have try a lot to stop this but animal among our policemen are still doing that.may God bring peace to nigeria Amen.

  17. The police officer is a good combatant. after his trial for murder, he should be sent to Maiduguru where his services are urgently needed.

  18. this what u get a continues act of human behaviour when a police do something wrong and post him out to a new location so he can not be identify. because he is high rank or because he has god father. this guys r human we have some bad eggs among them. send off intend of allowing them to corrupt others.

  19. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    SO MR CID @ IYAGANKU. IN YOUR LAST STATEMENT, YOU RE DIRECTLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO PAY BRIBE TO YOUR MEN SHEE BY SAYING WE SHOULD OBEY POLICE RULES. WHAT RULES ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT IN THESE MATTER?
    BOYS UNA WELL DONE IAM EXPECTING MORE ACTION FROM YOU. IF NOT SOUTH AND WEST TELL ME WHERE POLICEMEN GET MOUTH IN
    NIGERA. IT IS HIGH TIME TO TELL POLICE THAT WE IN THE WEST AND SOUTH CAN DO MORE HARM TO THEM THAN NORTHN BOKOHARAMS.

  20. so sad and shameful, if some groups of persons can walk into a police station and set it ablaze,then were lies security? and the police should try and give laws that will benifit the common man and not impose some laws on people and then because you are military you brutalize people without looking back, the IG should try and bring some of his men to caution, we are humans for crying out loud

  21. You people are being sentimental over this issue. If okada riders are warned not to carry two passengers at any time they must obey the warning. There was no distinction on the type of passengers. These okada riders are lawless. If you talk of seminar or enlightenment, how many times. A simple instruction do not need a seminar for those who want to obey it. What happened in the case of Lagos state, the okada riders were given six months to adjust but they were adamant. Those arrested must be prosecuted immediately because their burning of the Police station is an affront on the security. Assume the police did not manage their temper, do you know how many of the okada riders that would have been shot dead. Enough of the impunity. Before the ban of okada in Abuja by El-Rufai, 95% of accident victims in the emergency wards are okada related accidents.

    • Chuks is mopsentimental than not only his acclaimed sen timental comment ators but than sentiment itselself. He doesent know that the no double passenger law as well as other laws are enacted by state government in collaboration with the police and sundry task forces are enacted in the prayers thaat that they are flouted to the 20naira benefit of the police, and other on the spot financial punishment from task forces, as a compensation from the goụeñor greedy enough t o settle these class of would have been jobless incosideraue parasitic lawless fools used by the goụernor to win elections through coaxion of electorates and intimidation ñf po5ical opponents. The police cooissioner surely knows the direction the 20nairas are trickling. The no double passenger offenjce ịs not tried according to theier a spelt punịshment but according to theri abbility to paX 20 OR OTHEr on the spot financial punisments, encouraging more ofdnders , through cheap corrupted punịshnent

    • Withdraw ur comment b4 u die same way like d okada man,police force is evil in nigeria,replace them wit civil Defence.

    • Which Way Nigeria on

      It is Nigeria Polices that are worsening the situation in the country. They talk about law but do not adhen on any at all. Police are ordered not to extort money from road users but they breaks the order from their supreme, IG. Why not arrest the ogada man

  22. I always wonder why some Nigerians likes spreading embers of hatred against the Police. If any members of this very important security outfit make mistake as a result of unwholesome behavior of some our citizens, our peoples’ views always sounds like those criminals who have ever been in police net because of one crime or the other. The Police as an organisation that is charge with the responsibility of enforcing all laws and regulations made by our lagislators, is espected to perform its function without fear or favour.Therefore,Nigerians are in turn espected to rally round the Police in its effort of discharging her responsibility, rather than emberking in campaign of calumny against the force which is a child of necessity to any nation that is yearning for progress and development. We should also learn how to respect constituted authorities in this country or else our land will soon turn to a deteriorated society where grusome assacination, kidnapping, robbery and lawlessness would be the order of the day.

  23. May d soul of d dead Okada rider rest in peace. As u can see the police man was sent by d DPO if not d IGP himself, to go and get money from d okada riders which they will share at d end of d day so he has a divine protection from d DPO to d IGP and nobody will mention his name instead they will jail d arrested once. That is the system and it has been like that right from the days of Mr Luois O Edet.

  24. The public will never see any good from police bcos 65% of nig ctzen are criminal all this police men are nigerian. Remember this thing doesn’t start today it has been happening since the era of colonia master. Let us we nigeria start bhaving like human being from up to down of us are bad.

  25. Police eee! Life don’t ve spare oo. When will you stop taking bribe? Better shine ur eyes now 4 d day of judgement is coming.

  26. Which Way Nigeria on

    Soon, I mean very soon Nigeria Police will be extorting money from bicycle riders and wheelbarrow carriers. Visit Aba to Akwa Ibom road, these shameless idiots pale up at the intervals of half pole intervals, busy extorting money from road all road users.

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