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Man beats Okada man to death in Abeokuta

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

There was pandemonium on Wednesday in Olomore area of Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, when a man simply identified as Michael punched a motorcyclist to death for refusing to carry him.

Orient Weekend exclusively gathered that the Okada man, whose name was unknown at the time of filing this report, had carried a man to the area to buy drugs from one of the pharmacies in the area.

As he was waiting for the man, Michael approached him to carry him to another location but the Okada man refused saying he brought another man to the area and he was waiting for him.

This response infuriated Michael which led to an argument between them and, in the process, he punched the Okada man in the head making him fall backward, lose balance and hit his head on the concrete surface of an ongoing road construction in the area.

An eyewitness said that Michael was fond of forcing Okada riders in the area to carry him to wherever he was going, without paying them, often physically assaulting any of them who refused to carry him.

“The Okada came with another man to buy drugs. While he was waiting for him, Michael came and asked him to carry him, but he refused and this got Michael angry and he hit him on the head. The Okada man fell down and hit his head on the gutter and died,” she explained. 

The witness told our correspondent there were many other thugs like Michael in the area who forcefully embark on a free ride without wanting to pay the bike riders.

She said that people in the area had informed the police about the incident who later came and took him to their station. 

The eyewitness added that the corpse of the victim had been deposited at the morgue of the State Hospital, Ijaye.

Efforts to reach the police public relations officer (PPRO) Abimbola Oyeyemi to confirm the incident proved abortive as he did not reply the WhatsApp message sent to him 

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