Motorcyclists Clash With Police in Ibadan Over N50 Bribe, 1 Reported dead

There was pandemonium yesterday at Moniya , Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when a policeman allegedly killed a motorcyclist over N50 bribe.

Two other people were shot by police officers attached to Moniya Police Station in Akinyele Local Government.

An eyewitness said trouble started when a motorcyclist carrying two passengers refused to stop when he was flagged down by a police officer.

He was reportedly hit in the head with a baton.

The motorcyclist reportedly fell off the bike and died on the spot.

It was gathered that the deceased’s colleagues threatened to burn down the police station.

In an attempt to scare them off, the police were alleged to have released tear gas and shot into the air.
Unfortunately, two people were hit by stray bullets. They are receiving treatment.

Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the death of the motorcyclist but denied he was hit by the police.

According to Ajisebutu, “Due to a stop and search by the police, a motorcyclist who was carrying three passengers, refused to stop as ordered by the security officers.

“As he was trying to escape, he ran into a pothole, fell and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

“As a result of this, his colleagues attacked a police patrol vehicle and seized an AK-rifle which was later recovered.

“Not done, they headed to Moniya Police Station, threatening to burn down the station.

“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) said five suspects were arrested.
“There was no shooting. Later, the DPO held a meeting with them.

“Normalcy had since returned to the area as the Commissioner of Police enjoined residents to go about their business.”

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