Friday, May 01, 2015

Riots break out in Abeokuta after bullion van crushes motorcyclist to death

The speed with which these bullion vans move sometimes should be close to the speed of light. Pandemonium broke out, yesterday, in Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, when a bullion van belonging to one of the new generation banks reportedly crushed a 22-year-old man, Gbenga Okesola to death which later stirred a riot from the cyclists in the metropolis. 

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 11a.m., as the van knocked down the victim, who was riding a motorcycle around the OPIC Roundabout, ran over him and dragged him on the road for about five metres, before it stopped.
It was further gathered that the policemen escorting the van reportedly dragged the victim from under the van, while he was still breathing, dumped him by the roadside, and zoomed off with the vehicles. The action of the Policemen was said to have angered other commercial motorcyclists, who had their park at the roundabout, as they unleashed violence, attacking law enforcement agents and passers-by.
Attempts by men of Police command in the state to curb the violence made things worse as the aggrieved protesters hauled stones and other missiles at a detachment of regular and riot policemen, who were later despatched to the scene.
The policemen had to fire tear gas canisters to disperse them. Doors of eateries, commercial banks and shops in the area were quickly shut, as residents ran for their lives.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the bullion van belonged to a new generation bank in the state and was driven by a supernumerary policeman, popularly known as Spy, trained by the bank to move cash from one point to the other.
“Presently, we have arrested the driver of the bullion van and the vehicle too is our custody. The law will take its course and justice will be done.
“If the policemen attached to the van are found to be culpable, they will be made to face the wrath of the law.”

1 comment :

  1. Awwwwwww, I can imagine the violence,but the act of the police was so wrong, instead of them to the needful they abandon him by the roadside.
    Make I call mama to know if she is safe.