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1 Killed As PMS Boys, Phone Owners Clash In Ibadan

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Angry youths on Wednesday stormed Oyo State Governor’s Office with the corpse of a middle-aged man identified as Ahmed.

Ahmed was alleged to be one of the victims of Iwo-road clash between members of the Oyo State Park Management System and phone sellers at a shopping complex in front of Baba Onilu

The attack according to the report was said to be in continuation of an earlier attack and a counterattack between the PMS boys and members of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on Monday.

The Monday attack was said to have resulted in the death of two persons, each from both camps of the PMS and thr banned NURTW.

The incident happened around Oremeji-Agugu area in Ibadan North East Local Government.

However, peace was shattered Wednesday when the PMS boys stormed the Baba Onilu area of Iwo Road, attacking the shops where phones were being sold.

They were said to have unleashed terror on the phone sellers and shop owners destroying kiosks, show-glasses, and every available item

One member of the NURTW was said to have been killed in the process while many others suffered varying degrees of injuries.

A son of one of the shop owners, simply identified as Ahmed was said to have been killed in an effort to identify those creating trouble on the property.

The incident led to a serious crisis as people, commuters and road-users scampered to safety while the crisis lasted.

Sources said there were heavy gunshots by the PMS boys while the crisis lasted.

In an effort to defend themselves, suspected members of the sacked NURTW were said to have returned the gun battle while also throwing objects in the direction of the attackers.

Many shops, business owners and traders who sell their wares in the axis were caught in the web as many tried to quickly pack, some others left their wares unattended in a bid to ensure safety.

Corporate organisations, including banks closed shops hurriedly while many customers were trapped in the banking hall.

However, a mild drama played out as the dust settled and the body of Ahmed was found by the entrance of a shopping complex.

Youths in the area who knew him later carried the corpse and headed to the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan in protest.

Efforts of the security operatives at the entrance gate of the Secretariat to resist the protesters proved abortive as they gained entrance into the Secretariat complex.

The youths came on bikes, tricycles and on foot causing a lot of scare to the workers and people who have businesses inside the secretariat complex.

The protesters carrying the corpse arrived at the Secretariat complex, shortly after Governor Seyi Makinde finished the weekly Security meeting with the Security Commanders in the state.

They dropped the corpse by the entrance of the Governor’s Office with shouting and outcry on the governor to come out and see what the PMS boys had done.

The angry youths who demanded to see the governor, were heard calling aloud the name of the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of Park Managers in Oyo state, Mukaila Lamidi, (AKA Auxiliary) to have been involved in the incident that led to the death of the middle-aged man.

The youths who vowed to meet with the governor and give him the details of what transpired.

The governor, however, could not attend to them while the protest lasted.

Many workers quickly locked up their offices while those who parked their cars outside also ran to re-park and move to safety.

With a reinforcement from the men of the state anti-crime patrol team, Operation Burst and Amotekun Corp, the entrances to the Secretariat were shut, leaving those trapped within the complex to use only one exit route through the Simeon Adebo Training Centre.

The intervention of government functionaries and presence of a reinforced security team prevented the issue from escalating into another crisis within the Secretariat Complex.

Many of the angry youths who came later were also prevented from gaining entrance into the Secretariat and monitored by a heavily armed combined security team.

Government functionaries on hand to ensure that the crisis did not escalate inside the secretariat include: the Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde of Security CP Sunday Odukoya (Rtd), Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Bashir Bello, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Olushola Akande, among others.

After much persuasion, the corpse of Ahmed was later conveyed to the morgue in a state government branded ambulance.

As at the time of filing this report, major roads around the capital city have been deserted with tension and fear of reprisal all over.

Heavy security presence and blowing of police sirens could be heard across major parts of the city.

The Iwo Road axis is under heavy security surveillance, with a lane of the road totally blocked, leaving only one lane for users.

 

 

 

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