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Osun: Suspected hoodlums beat ‘okada man’ to death


Some suspected hoodlums said to be raiding construction sites at the Kobongbogboe area of Osogbo, Osun State, have allegedly beaten to death a commercial motorcyclist.

The motorcylist, simply identified as Seun, reportedly gave up the ghost in the early hours of Saturday at a hospital following injuries he sustained when he was brutalised by the hoodlums.

A colleague of the deceased, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons, said the hoodlums numbering three, had hired Seun around noon on Friday, and asked him to take them to some construction sites in the area.

He further said after Seun had taken the perpetrators round the construction sites they wanted to visit, and returned them to Kobongbogboe Junction, they refused to pay him and yet ordered that he should take them to another construction site.

“He refused that order and at that point, they started beating him. He was beaten till he lost consciousness and they left him.

“Some of his colleagues that were near the scene took him to a hospital for treatment but he died in the early hours of Saturday,” he concluded.

Displeased by the development, some residents that got hint that police from Ota Efun Division had arrested some of the perpetrators, stormed the Police Divisional Office and demanded that those arrested be released to them.

When our correspondent visited the area, some police vans filled with armed men, were seen entering the premises of the station, as the mob threatened to raze down the building, if those allegedly arrested in connection with the crime, were not released to them.

When contacted for confirmation, the Spokesperson for Osun Police, Yemisi Opalola, asked for time to investigate, but as of the time of filing this report, she could not be reached through her mobile line and a reply to the text message sent to her was still being expected.


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