DEATH of a motorcyclist, who collided with an a truck, caused pandemonium on Wednesday in Ibadan when about twenty anti-riot mobile policemen, stormed the premises of Kollington Fisheries on New Ife Road, also owned by the owner of the vehicle.
Kollington is located almost opposite Bola Ige International Market (BIM), former 'Gbagi' along Ife Road, Ibadan and the lone accident happened in front of it.
It was gathered that the middle aged commercial motorcyclist, better known as Okada rider, was in top speed when he suddenly ran into a truck belonging to the fish company which was negotiating its exit from the filling station beside the company.
In a bid to avert colliding with the truck, the okada man, the Nigerian Compass learnt, veered off to his left and hit the median concrete.
His head was said to have hit the concrete median, thus badly injuring him before he was rushed to the nearby hospital, Mercyland, where he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.
As people gathered, sympathizing with the victim within the premises of the fish company, officials of the company rushed to the nearest Adelubi Police Station to report the incident and the officers from the station came to assess the situation.
It was however gathered that the okada man was one of the drivers in the convoy of the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Monsurat Sunmonu and that he was rushing to work early that morning.
Recounting the ordeal of the staff of the company in the hands of the policemen, Ademola Oloyo, who witnessed the incident, said the unidentified riot mobile police men stormed the company about 30 minutes after the accident, during which both customers and members of staff of the company were brutalized.
He told our reporter that during the invasion that took place around 6.30 am, customers of the company, mainly female, who had come to pick their commodity for sale, as well as some of the members of staff, had a rough deal in the hands of the mobile policemen.
He disclosed that while some of the female customers were wounded by the armed mobile policemen, who threw canisters indiscriminately into the premises, some members of staff were also dealt with as one of the drivers popularly called 'Pele' was hit on his head with the butt of a gun by the police. He had to be rushed to the hospital, Nigerian Compass learnt.
When contacted for the reaction of the state police command, its spokesperson, Ayodele Lanade (Deputy Superintendent of Police) refused to comment as he said his boss was not around.