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Tension As Police Allegedly Shoot Okada Rider In Osun

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Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

Pandemonium broke out in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Tuesday when an Okada rider, identified as Saheed Olabomi was allegedly shot by a Policeman.

Following the incident, commercial motorcycle riders took to the streets of Osogbo to protest the police action.

They gathered at Lameco from where they moved to Halleluyah Estate and Oke-Fia areas of the state capital, burning tyres, thereby causing vehicular restrictions with residents scampering for safety.

Business owners in the areas also quickly lick their shops.

An eyewitness account told our Correspondent that around Halleluyah Estate some youths on sighting a police patrol vehicle chased them and engaged in gun battle.

They alleged that some policemen shot Olabomi while riding his bike around Oke Onitea area of Osogbo around 5pm.

It was gathered that the victim was rushed to the Osun State University Teaching Hospital, formerly Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECHTH), Osogbo.

A source in the hospital told this medium that the commercial motorcyclist was breathing with the support of oxygen.

An eyewitness said: “There was a crisis between the police officers and some tipper drivers. The crisis got to a stage where the police officers started shooting sporadically.

“Olabomi who was on his bike was hit by stray bullet on his neck. This heightened the situation and there was already traffic jam. The police, however, forced their way out of the place. Olabomi was on the ground for several minutes before he was taking to LAUTECH.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola said she was gathering information on the incident, promising that she would get back with official reaction on the matter

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