Some motorcyclists and the Agodi Correctional Centre warders clash in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday.
The clash which led to the burning of the Idi Ogungun Police station by some angry youths, another police station opposite the centre was also reportedly damaged.
It was reported that a motorcyclist was shot by one of the warders over refusal to pay N50 to the prison officials.
Some eyewitnesses also claimed that the teargas canister, which the warder held, exploded and injured the motorcyclist in the face.
One of the traders in the area, Dauda Abegunrin, stated that prison warders always extort riders, who usually park close to the facility to pick passengers.
The alleged shooting of the motorcyclist angered his colleagues and youths in the area, and made bonfires on the road.
The clash however caused chaos as commuters, motorists and passers-by ran helter-skelter.
Abegunrin said, “One of the warders demanded N50 from an okada rider, but that one said he could not give a bribe because he was a Muslim. The warder later dragged him inside and shot him. This led to a crisis in the area.”
Another trader alleged that the refusal of the okada rider to give the warder the N50 bribe caused the clash.
Commenting on the clash, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, said policemen and other security agents were deployed in the area to ensure no breakdown of law and order.
Fadeyi said, “Contrary to the currently trending news online that policemen fired shots, leading to injury at the Agodi Gate area this morning, the truth is that there was a clash between officers of the correctional service and okada riders stationed at Agodi Gate.
“Upon the receipt of this information, policemen as well as other security agents moved to the scene to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order that could lead to coordinated attacks on the prison facility.
“The Idi Ogungun Police Outstation was burnt, while the Agodi 2 Station opposite the correctional centre was damaged.”