Ijebu-Igbo Residents Angry over Killing of RTEAN Member


The Ijebu-Igbo residents Monday expressed outrage over the pre-dawn killing of a member of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria(RTEAN) identified as Seyi.

Seyi was said to have been knocked down by a vehicle around 2a.m. while loading his vehicle for a trip to Lagos and was confirmed dead around 4a.m. on Monday.

According to the sources, as Seyi writhed in pains on the road, more vehicles ran him over many times until some parts of his body were kneaded to pulps, fuelling rage among members of RTEAN and some residents.

The angry residents and transporters as a early 7a.m. gathered at the popular Station road junction, spilling into adjoining roads  and shutting  down all activities in protest over the death of the deceased  even as a detachment of policemen from Ijebu – Igbo Divisional Police Headquarters battled to contain the situation from drifting into lawlessness.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in the state, disclosed that the transport union officials usually go to where people sell animals’ skin (ponmo) to collect revenue and that it was while a member of RTEAN was trying to collect revenue that a vehicle conveying ponmo knocked him down and the victim died.

She said the disturbance in the town is the work of RTEAN members who are agitated over the death of their colleague, adding that the police have since taken over the area and restored peace.