The youth of Ilara Mokin community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State turned violent on Sunday, assaulting the town’s Divisional Police Officer.
The act followed the death of two members of the community who were killed by a commercial bus.
An eyewitness, who witnessed the accident, said the 18-passenger commercial bus crushed to death the deceased, who were on a motorcycle on the Ilesa-Akure Expressway.
The eyewitness stated that the incidence resulted to a protest by the youths of the community who allegedly attacked the security agents in the area and set the bus ablaze.
Wole Ogodo, the Divisional Police Officer in the town, was assaulted while trying to calm the angry protesters.
The source said, “The two men who were indigenes of the town were crushed to death by the bus that was travelling to Lagos. This infuriated the people of the town because they believed that the driver of the bus was reckless.
“They immediately organised a protest and burnt down the bus and blocked the highway, they also attacked policemen as they tried to stop them. The DPO was beaten up.”
It was learnt that the protest caused a blockage on the expressway and it took a while for the security agents and the Federal Road Safety Corps hours to clear the road.
The protest kept many motorists stranded, while some took alternative routes.
Femi Joseph, the state Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, alleged that the protesters took the laws into their own hands, adding that policemen had restore normalcy to the expressway.
He said, “ There was a fatal accident which claimed two lives, but the people of the community were unruly as they burnt down the vehicle and as the DPO was trying to prevent them from burning the vehicle, they overpowered him and seriously assaulted him.
“However, we have begun our investigation and we will still arrest those that set the bus ablaze and those that beat the DPO because they have committed another offence.”