Man beats commercial bike rider to death over ₦50

Tragedy struck in Ilesa, a commercial city in Osun State, yesterday when a 28-year-old commercial motorcycle rider, Sunday Oyeleye Ojo, was beaten to death by his co-tenant after a sharp argument which ensued between them over the payment of ₦50 for the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) electricity bill.
The late Mr Ojo, a father of two children, had on 23rd of August, engaged in a fight with a trader, Godwin Shina, when the latter asked him to pay his share of ₦50 of the monthly PHCN bill, but he claimed to have paid the sum to Mr Shina’s mother.
It was learnt that the refusal of Mr Ojo to pay the ₦50 infuriated Mr Shina who gave him a heavy punch on his chest, which paralysed him immediately.
It was also gathered that while the late Mr Ojo was still lying unconscious on the ground due to the punch he received from Mr Shina, another tenant, identified as Deborah Adejuwon, also gave him a bite on the neck.
The late Mr Ojo was later rushed to Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, for treatment and was discharged on the 26th of August.
The deceased’s mother, Aduke Ojo, told our correspondent that “when my son was discharged from the hospital, he complained of severe pain on his back and gulped three tins of milk before he gave up the ghost”.
Consequently, relatives and friends of Mr Ojo, mostly Okada riders, yesterday took to the streets of Ilesa town, chanting and protesting the ugly death of one of their colleagues. The irate Okada riders accused the Igbo people living in the town of killing Mr Ojo and threatened to retaliate by burning their shops.
The protest turned bloody as the irate Okada riders visited the house of the late Mr Ojo at Ibala road, Ilesa, and unleashed terror on Mr Shina’s mother by beating her to a state of coma, alleging that she instigated her son to beat Mr Ojo to death. The Okada riders also inflicted injuries on several innocent Igbo citizens who dominate the commercial activities of the town.
It was total confusion as the Okada riders took to the ‘A’ Division Police Station in the town and ordered the Area Commander, Kayode Tunner, to release the two suspects - Mr Shina and Ms Adejuwon - who were in police custody in order for them to retaliate the death of their late colleague but the police dispersed them and later arrested some of them.
Meanwhile, worried by the development, the Igbo traders in the town have locked their shops for fear of being attacked by the Okada riders.
Mr Tunner, however, assured the Igbo residents that the Police was on top of the situation, urging them to open their shops.

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