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Many injured as okada riders, Ondo revenue collectors clash

Justice Ukachukwu

Aug. 10, 2020

Peter Dada, Akure
Social and business activities were paralysed for some hours on Sunday at Alade Idanre in the Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, as some revenue collectors of the state government engaged in a free-for-all with some commercial motorcyclists over emblem tax on motorcycles.
A source said, “Those people collecting motorcycle emblem stopped an okada rider who was taking his sick child to a neighbouring maternity centre for continuation of the child’s treatment.
“They requested the emblem money, but the man could not pay them. This led to an argument between them. Shortly afterwards, his motorcycle’s ignition key was forcibly seized by the collectors, which led to a fight between the man and the collectors.
“The other okada riders in the area joined the fight. Many were wounded during the fracas.”
One of the senior police officers in Olofin Idanre Divisional Police Station confirmed the incident, but the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, said he had not been briefed on the crisis.
In a reaction to the development, the Lisa of Alade Idanre town, High Chief M.O. Akinsowon, decried the resort to violence over emblem tax collection.
He appealed for calm, saying the community would look into the matter. ,,
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