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Gombe riders protest alleged beating of colleague to death over N50 ticket

Gombe riders protest alleged beating of colleague to death over N50 ticket

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Gombe riders protest alleged beating of colleague to death over N50 ticket

Story from Matthew ELOYI

Some commercial motorcycle operators, popularly known as Achaba riders in Gombe, Gombe State, have protested against the alleged killing of their colleague, Ahmadu Ibrahim, over an N50 ticket.

It was gathered that the ticket is usually issued to riders daily by officials of the motorcycle union in the state.

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The protesters reportedly vandalised the windows of the union secretariat before proceeding to the palace of the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar III, to lodge their complaints.

A protester, Abdullahi Bongos, said Ibrahim was beaten to a stupor on Friday for failing to get the ticket.

In his words, “A commercial motorcycle rider was beaten to the point that he fell to the ground. They thought that he was pretending before he was rushed to a hospital for treatment when they realised how serious it was.

“We heard that he passed on hours later at the hospital and now they are telling us that he has been discharged without allowing us to see him. The police and the union are covering things up.”

The Chairman, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria, Gombe State, Ibrahim Manu, who condemned the attack on the union secretariat, said the protest was political.

Manu said, “They are not indigenes of the state and they are not in support of the Gombe State Government, hence the reason for saying that one of them was killed.

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“They are not registered members and they have political ambitions; they claimed that the police extorted them, but they did not report to any of our branches. They are not speaking the truth because the victim is alive; he has been released.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, confirmed that the victim was alive.

Malum, said, “I am aware of the protest, but the victim did not die. The group will be meeting with the chairman of Gombe LGA on Tuesday and those ticketing on the road have been asked to leave till Tuesday.”

Gombe riders protest alleged beating of colleague to death over N50 ticket

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