The accidental killing of a commercial motorcycle rider by a policeman who tried to rescue the driver, has sparked up a violent protest in Akure, the State capital, on Wednesday.
Large numbers of the motorcyclists known as Okada riders, had violently marched to A Division Police Station, which also house the Police barrack in Akure metropolis, demanding the head of the killer police officer who they said, ran into the barrack after allegedly killed a rider at Arakale area.
While police officers and their families fled through the back gate, the riders broke through the gate and flung stones at the building.
Some cops scaled the barracks’ gate and fled, while others fought to get their cars away from the facilities.
As the Okada riders demanded to see the police officer who shot one of their colleagues. Bonfires were lit in front of the A Divisional station and barrack.
Ijaw News learnt that a driver had been involved in a car accident, knocked down and killed one Okada rider and a cocoa merchant at Arakale area of Akure.
Both men died on the spot, prompting Okada riders to protest.
A police officer at a nearby filling station was believed to have fired shots in the air to frighten the protesters away, but one of the bullets struck and killed an Okada rider.
The officer apparently sought refuge in the A Division station, but was pursued by the Okada motorcyclists.
One of the demonstrators stated that the murderer cop should be released to them.
“We want to see the policeman. He is inside this A Division. A government car killed two persons at Arakale area and a policeman was shooting into the air and killed another bike man. We are angry,” he stressed.
The Okada riders were enraged by police gunshots and hurled stones and other objects into the building.
Many police officers allegedly climbed the barrier and fled, according to an eyewitness.
DSP Fumilayo Odunlami, the spokesperson for Ondo Police command, said she had not yet been briefed on the event.