By Nkasi Kolie
There was pandemonium in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday when three revenue collectors, suspected to be from the Oyo State Park Management System,  beat a commercial motorcyclist to death over refusal to purchase N100 daily ticket at Queen Cinema, Dugbe area of Ibadan.
Other motorcyclists however,  reportedly descended on the revenue collectors and beat them mercilessly, but for the quick intervention of men of Oyo State Police Command, more death would have been recorded.
The mob later took the lifeless body  of the dead Okada rider to the Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan and requested to see Governor Seyi Makinde. Incidentally, security operatives locked the entrance gate of the secretariat and prevented the mob from taking the dead body to the Governor’s Office.
However, the Executive Assistant to the governor on security matters, Sunday Odukoya, attended to them, saying the matter would be investigated and the government would ensure that justice was done on the incident.
It waa gathered that, trouble began when one of the revenue collectors flagged down the motorcyclist along the ever-busy Mokola-Dugbe road and asked him to purchase the N100 daily ticket. But tbe motorcyclist, refused to purchase the ticket on the grounds that he did not have money to buy it.
The revenue collector and the motorcyclist reportedly engaged in altercation. Then, two other revenue collectors in the vicinity moved to the scene and began to beat the motorcyclist, who was said to have put up a defence. In the process, one of the revenue collectors, purportedly gave the motorcyclist a deadly blow, which was said to have made him unconscious and lost his life in the process. Some of the eyetwinesses allegedly that the revenue collector must have beaten the motorcyclist with a charm.
One of the eyewinesses, who introduced himself as Seun, stated: “I was going home when I noticed two guys that were fighting. One hit the other one. The one that retaliated, they said that he wore this ‘oruka’, a charmed ring. Immediately he retaliated, the other guy went down on the spot and that was how the fight escalated.
“The okada guy that fainted, even at this point, we didn’t know if he was still alive. He was rushed to the nearby Queens Hospital and the hospital rejected him probably because it is not the kind of issue they attend to.
“They were three guys (revenue collectors) and they were badly beaten by the okada guys and that is because the okada guys were fighting for one of their own.
“It took the intervention of a team of patrol policemen from Mokola Divisional Police Headquarters to avert further bloodletting. The policemen were said to have whisked the revenue collectors away and carried the motorcyclist from the hospital.
But some motorcyclists that spoke with journalists decried the excesses of the park managers as they appealed to the state government to call the park managers to order.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident to journalists in Ibadan, saying investigation has commenced into the matter.

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