There was pandemonium today in Ibadan when some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers clashed with the policemen at a check point near Quarry, in Oluyole Local Government of Oyo State, leaving two people dead and many others sustaining severe injuries.
Several vehicles, including the Oyo State assisted transport buses, known as Ajimuse buses and other private ones were burnt while many others were smashed and damaged by the the two warring parties.
The Street Journal learnt that the problem started this morning when a commuter bus driver was allegedly slapped by a policeman at a roadblock by the security operatives. It was gathered that trouble started when the driver of the bus refused to drop N50 on the ground that he had given the same set of policemen money on his way to Lagos.
The misunderstanding, it was gathered led to a bloody clash between the policemen and other drivers who stopped by to plead for their colleagues. The hot argument that ensued, our source said. Led to a fracas where dangerous weapons were freely used. In the melee, The Street Journal gathered that two people were killed while no fewer than twenty others sustained severe injuries.
About seven vehicles were set ablaze by the rampaging hoodlums who set burn fires on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The bloody fight led to serious traffic logjam as motorists had to abandon their vehicles in the middle of the road to run for dear lives at the peak of the fight.
The clash it was further gathered spilled over to Shagamu as drivers and hoodlums who had networked amongst their colleagues attacked policemen on sight in retaliation for the death of their members in Ibadan..
Further investigation revealed that the clash took its root from a fight that ensued between the police and some hoodlums at Oje Ibadan
Two persons were also killed in the bloody clash involving policemen and some hoodlums at the popular Oje market in Ibadan. Two policemen were also injured during the crisis that engulfed the area.
The state Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobana for confirmed the incident.
The Street Journal gathered that some drivers and hoodlums engaged in a brawl when the latter attempted to extort the motorists.
On a tip-off, policemen at Agugu, led by their Divisional Police Officer, ASP Timothy Adedeji went to the scene. In the process, it was gathered that the crowd booed the policemen and attempted to attack them. This, as stated by a source, made the policemen to fire warning shots to scare them.
It was gathered that it was during the chaotic situation a bullet hit a man and was said to have died instantly.
The mob was said to have attacked the policemen injuring them in the process and took away their rifles.
Speaking on the incident, the police spokesman said; “The mob later regrouped and went to Agugu Division apparently to attack the station. The situation was brought under control through reinforcement.”
Additional information had it that the policemen later saw the stolen rifle and tried to retrieve it.
This was said to have been resisted by the mob which allegedly fired shots at the policemen.
According to reports, the stray bullet from the hoodlums hit a passer-by and the person also died. The situation has since been brought under control.