Pandemonium in Ogun, as ‘Okada riders’ protest death of colleague

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

Pandemonium broke out in Iyana-Mortuary area of Abeokuta, capital of Ogun state when some motorcyclists protested the death of their colleague who was crushed by a trailer in the early hours of Thursday.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the trailer which was reported to be moving at an high speed allegedly crushed the motorcyclist and his passenger to death at Iyana-Mortuary junction where the motorcyclist was trying to maneuver to the other side of the road.

An eye witness identified himself as Banji Olawole told PLATFORM TIMES reporter who visited the spot of the accident that the motorcyclists have vowed to set the trailer ablaze.

Olawole added that the motorcyclists increase to large number within few minutes as they insisted that the trailer must be burnt as they also wanted to mob the driver of the trailer.

It was however gathered that it took the intervention of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to disperse the protesting motorcyclists from the scene of the incident.

Findings by PLATFORM TIMES revealed that the trailer had since been taken to the Police Divisional headquarters, in Ibara.

However, when PLATFORM TIMES visited the divisional headquarters, it was observed that some of the motorcyclists were seen loitering round the police station as none of them could enter the police premisses .

Some of the motorcyclists who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES lamented the rate at which trailers and trucks were killing their colleagues in the state.

A motorcyclist simply identified as Rahmon  said, “this thing is common for trailers to be killing our colleagues like fowls.

“This thing is becoming unbearable for us, government should help us to do something to it, we can’t fold our arms and continue losing our colleagues to over speeding by trailers’ drivers”.

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