Confusion As Okada Riders Battle Police Over Arrest Of Suspected Kidnapper

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

A suspected male abductor simply identified as Segun Akinwale was on Thursday, 24th April, 2014 nabbed in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria while attempting to abduct a child in a market.

According to eye witness account, the suspect made attempt to kidnap the child of a trader in the popular Akindeko market in Osogbo but was unlucky as a passerby sighted him and raised alarm that drew the attention of crowd to the scene of the development.

Akinwale on sighting crowd approaching towards the scene took to his heels but was later apprehended by mob, who beat him black and blue before he was rescued by the police and taken to the state headquarters of Nigeria Police Force, Oke-Fia, Osogbo.

When asked by the on his mission to the state, the suspect said he was from Ogun state adding that he came to Osogbo with a truck loaded with charcoal.

According to Akinwale, since his arrival to Osogbo, he did not have a house or any serious work.

A melee however ensued when police attempted to arrest the suspect and the commercial motorcyclists operating in the town, who had gathered in their number resisted the move.

The commercial motorcyclists, who later blocked entrance to the police headquarters with log of woods to prevent them from taking the suspect

into their custody had to be dispersed with tear gas, while their motorcycles were seized.

As at 5:30 when filing this report, several commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada were seen moving towards the headquarters of state police command to protest the seizure of their motorcycles.

When contacted, the police public relations officer, Osun state police command, DSP Folasasde Odoro, confirmed the arrest of a suspect but said he was still receiving medical attention and could not talk.

She also said the suspect said he was from Ogun state, adding that the command had to seize some motorcycles for safe keeping and to avoid breach of peace, saying the Okada operators attempted to stop police from arresting the suspect for no justifiable reason.

Meanwhile, traders at the market alleged that Akinwale seemed a ritualist and should be properly prosecuted by the police.

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