Two persons have reportedly died in a clash between officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and commercial motorcyclists operating in Agodi-Gate area of Ibadan, the state capital city.
Trouble was said to have started when the officials of the correctional service insisted that the commercial motorcyclists who ply Iwo-Road-Bashorun-Akobo axis would not be allowed to park wrongly at the frontage of the prison yard.
It was gathered that what started as a mere warning later erupted in a fracas when the motorcyclists defied the instruction.
Sources said the warders had to use teargas canisters’ to scare the motorcyclists.
Unconfirmed sources said two persons were feared dead during the crisis, but the Correctional authority has not confirmed the casualties as at the time of filing this report.
While the crisis lasted, many shop owners, traders and business operators in the vicinity quickly lock their shops for the fear of been attacked while commuters and other road users ran helter-skelter.
A source said, “We have to hurriedly close our shops, some of us ran away while some closed their shop while they were still inside the shops.”
NCS, Oyo State Command’s Public Relations Officer, Olanrewaju Anjorin confirmed the clash to journalists but said normalcy has returned to the area.
Anjorin in a telephone conversation with Journalists said that men of Operation Burst, a joint security outfit set up by Oyo State government has been stationed at the scene of the incident.
He said, “There was a little misunderstanding between the officers and some Okada riders. They normally pack at entrance to the prison. We usually told them to move downward.