Okada riders in their hundreds on Wednesday, took to the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital, to protest the death of two siblings, who were allegedly killed by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
According to reports, the protest started at the State Specialist Hospital Akure, where they went to pick the remains of the deceased, one of who was identified as Yakubu.
It was gathered that as the commercial motorcyclists were protesting, they broke bottles along the road and caused gridlock throughout the time the protest lasted.
The protesters did not spare government and private vehicles as they used logs of wood to block the major roads.
Although different people gave different accounts of how the incident occurred, it was learnt that patrol vehicle of the NSCDC allegedly knocked down an Okada rider in Akure on Tuesday evening. This led to a protest by the family of the deceased and motorcyclists.
It was in the process of the protest that a sister to the late Okada rider was allegedly shot dead at Oja-Oba area of the metropolis which sparked violent protest that led to burning of tyres on the popular Oba-Adesida Road while free-flow of traffic was disrupted for almost two hours.
The protesting women and commercial motorcyclists also hijacked one of the task force vehicles which they used to carry the two corpses to the Governor’s Office at Alagbaka-Akure. One of the corpses was in a coffin while the other was left at the back of the vehicle.
The state Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Mr. Oladipo Samuel, who confirmed the incident, said the civil defence officer who killed the Okada rider on Tuesday was from the FCT Command. He, however, denied that his officers killed the sister of the Okada.
As at the time of filing this report, the protesters were still at the Governor’s Office and the free flow of traffic had returned to Oba Adesida Road while security operatives were patrolling the state capital.