Security personnel at Agodi Prison on Tuesday clashed with Okada riders and Area Boys at Agodi Gate Bus Stop in Ibadan, the State capital of Oyo State.
There were sporadic gunshots as residents scamper for safety.
YeleSowore: Commotion around Agodi prison in Ibadan, Oyo state. Eyewitnesses state that Bikeriders and engaging prison guards… Developing story pic.twitter.com/bAHP5O58k1
— African Funnies (@af_n_e) November 24, 2020
@AishaYesufu @falzthebahdguy @YeleSowore Happening live at gate in Ibadan… A prison guard shot an oppressed and ended up shooting an okada man this morning and it has caused mayhem… #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/2Xajd0tREy
— Khay Pon (@Generah_Khaypon) November 24, 2020
Agodi Gate, in Ibadan this morning. An eyewitness said a police officer shot an unarmed man!!! Soldiers currently at the scene! #ibadan pic.twitter.com/ENHepwecwZ
— Oseiza (@itsOseiza) November 24, 2020
Nigeria Correctional Service, (NCS) Public Relations Officer, Olanrewaju Anjorin, who confirmed the clash, however, said normalcy has returned to the area. Anjorin in a telephone conversation said that men of Operation Burst, a joint security outfit set up by the 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 the entrance to the prison. We usually tell them to move downward.
“We did it the same way today and there was a little misunderstanding. But, I can tell you that normalcy has returned. Nobody was shot and Operation Burst has been stationed there. Normalcy has returned to the place.”
Also speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olugbenga Fadeyi, said: “Contrary to the trending news online that policemen fired shots leading to injury at Agodi Gate area, the truth is that there was a clash between officials of the correctional service and Okada riders.
“Upon receipt of this information, policemen as well as other security agencies moved to the scene to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order that could lead to coordinated attack on the prison facility. Policemen fired no shot,” Fadeyi stated.