Okada riders clash with prison officials in Ibadan


Commercial motorcyclists known locally as Okada riders on Tuesday clashed with officials of the Agodi Correctional Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

It was gathered that the parties clashed after motorcyclists defied an order from prison officials not to park in front of the prison.

The crisis forced traders and businesses around the area to close.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Oyo Olanrewaju Anjorin confirmed the clash to journalists but said normalcy has returned to the area.

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.

“We did it the same way today and there was a little misunderstanding. But I can tell you that normalcy has returned. Nobody shot and Operation Burst has been stationed there.”

Oyo police spokesperson Olugbenga Fadeyi in a statement denied the police were behind the crisis, adding that “police men fired no shot.”