There was fierce protest in Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, yesterday, as a hit and run bullion van belonging to one of the new generation banks knocked down a motorcyclist, killing him on the spot.
The development immediately trigger a violent reaction from the deceased’s colleagues resulting in many residents and passersby running helter-skelter for dear lives.
The incident occurred at Opic roundabout in Oke-Ilewo area of the town, when the bullion van, supposedly on top speed, rammed into the motorcyclist. The driver of the van, rather than wait, sped off the scene immediately leaving the corpse beside the road.
The sad news spread like wildfire in the town, attracting several commercial motorcyclists across the town to protest the killing, insisting that Governor Ibikunle Amosun should come and carry the corpse.
The Police Area Commander, who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, pleaded with the protesters over their stand that the governor should come and pick the corpse.
However, rather than take to the plea of the police officer, the protesters went wild and starting throwing pebbles at every passing vehicles and innocent citizens.
An eyewitness account reported further that the presence of more policemen angered the protesters who became wilder in their actions. It took the intervention of a team of soldiers who calmed the frayed nerved.
However, further pandemonium occurred following gunshots and teargas used to scare away the protesters. This also forced many banks and shops to hurriedly closed businesses, while passersby and residents of the area took to their heels while motorists were seen making a quick detours.
Speaking to journalists at the scene of the incident, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said the runaway driver had been arrested, while the bullion van had been detained.