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Commuters stranded, vehicle burnt as mob barricade Osun highway over okada rider’s killing

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Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode

Angry mob, on Sunday, burnt a car travelling on the Osogbo/Iwo bypass, Osogbo, Osun State, after it rammed into and killed a commercial motorcyclist.

The incident, which led to the total blockage of the road as the mob prevented vehicular movement in protest, was later contained by the security men deployed in the area.

Many vehicles passing through the road were forced to make a detour because of the gridlock that followed the crash.

The injured driver is also receiving treatment at the same hospital. The motorcyclist died on the spot and the mob razed the vehicle involved. Normalcy has been restored in the area. Police operatives are still on guard to ensure law and order,” Opalola stated.

An eyewitness, Kamar Olabisi, said the vehicle was heading towards the Halleluyah area of Osogbo when it rammed into the motorcyclist and killed him.

He stated, “The okada man died on the spot. The driver of the car was also injured and the timely arrival of security agents saved him from the mob.

“The mob later pulled the car off the road and set it ablaze. The incident happened some minutes to 5pm on Sunday.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident, saying the motorcyclist’s corpse had been deposited in the morgue of the University of Osun Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.

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