Few hours into the first day of the New Year, two young men of same parents, Lukman and Taiwo Adesina, were yesterday killed by a trigger-happy police constable at a check point in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government in Osun State.
An eye-witness account revealed that the police constable (names unknown) shot dead the two brothers on a commercial motorcycle at Oke-Afo area of the town at about 11am when they refused to bribe him with N20.
In a reprisal attack by the mob, the police constable who fired the shot that killed the two brothers was also murdered while some policemen including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Abiodun Alabi, in the area were seriously injured.
The killing of the cop by the angry mob brought the number of the deceased to three.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that a police team at a check point on Ikirun-Osogbo road tried to stop a commercial motorcyclist carrying the two brothers for a bribe but which he declined and consequently resulting in the constable shooting at the moving motorcycle.
The bullets from the shot killed the two brothers on the spot and critically injured the motorcyclist said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed private hospital.
The gruesome killing yesterday triggered mob attack on the Motor Traffic Department (MTD) in Ikirun and the Police station.
The mob after killing the police constable also burnt down the police station in the town.
It was gathered that while the ire mob was attacking the station, police officers on duty took to their heels.
While some escaped unhurt, many of them were not all that lucky as they were wounded by the mob.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), said to have been rushed to the State General Hospital, Asubiaro, was said to be in a critical condition at the Emergency unit of the hospital.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Solomon Olusegun, confirmed the incident but said that two people, a civilian and a police officer died in the incident.
The police boss, who said he was yet to have the full details of the incident, said the policeman shot the motorcyclist while the mob killed the police constable in return.
About six hours to the incident, the police commissioner sent a contingent of anti-riot police to restore normalcy into the troubled town.
The Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Rauf Olayiwola Adedeji, who visited the scene of the incident and the police station, appealed to the people for calm.
Meanwhile, commercial motorcyclists in the town had withdrawn their services for fear of being arrested by the police.