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Chaos in Akure as commercial motorcyclists protest killing of their colleague by policeman

There was pandemonium at the early hours of Wednesday in some parts of Akure, the Ondo state capital, after commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders took to the street to protested the killing of their colleague by a police officer.

The protesters who hit the streets in their hundreds attacked the A Division police station in the state capital while policemen scampered for safety.

Vanguard gathered that a policeman allegedly shot one Okada rider at Arakale area in the metropolis.

According to reports from an eyewitness, okada riders broke the gate of the police station and started throwing stones into the building.

He said ” Some policemen scaled the fence and ran away while others struggled to take their vehicles away from the barracks.

“Bonfires were set in front of the A Division as the Okada riders demanded to see the policeman who shot one of killed their colleague.

Another eyewitness recounting the story said, “earlier in the day, a driver had knocked down and killed one okada rider and his passenger at Arakale area of the state capital.

Both men died on the spot following other Okada riders protested, he added.”

“However, a policeman reportedly attached to a filling station in the area was said to have fired shots in the air to scare the protesters but the gun shot hit and killed another okada rider.

The policeman on sensing that he stood a chance of being mobbed reportedly fled to the “A Division for refuge and the colleagues of the victim pursued him and attacked the station.”

The source stated that the protesting Okada riders demanded for the release of the killer policeman or they would set the building ablaze.

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Meanwhile, when contacted the state police command spokesperson, Funmi Odunlami said she was yet to be briefed about the incident.

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