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Osun fashion designer attacked by bribe-seeking policeman battles for life



A 20 -year -old fashion designer , Ayomide Taiwo , is lying unconscious after allegedly being attacked by a yet -to- be identified policeman attached to the Ibokun Divisional Headquarters , Osun State , on Tuesday .
Ayomide , a resident of Owena , was travelling back to his base from Iragbiji after the Eid – el- Kabir festival with his friend , Wasiu Oladimeji , when their motorcycle was stopped by some policemen at a checkpoint in Ilahun .
Wasiu , while narrating how the incident happened on Thursday , explained that the policemen stopped their motorcycle and demanded a bribe .
He said, “ We met about four policemen at the checkpoint in Ilahun . One of them , who appeared drunk , approached us and demanded a bribe . When Ayomide brought out the amount the policeman demanded and was about to give him, the cop saw a bundle of N 50 , 000 in my friend ’s pocket .
“ At that point , the policeman suddenly became aggressive . He approached us and hit Ayomide ’s head with the butt of his rifle . The two of us fell from the motorcycle , while the three other policemen ran away .
“ Before I managed to stand up , the policeman who perpetrated the act was about to flee , but he was stopped by some passersby, who got to the scene . Ayomide was bleeding from the nose , mouth and ear after the attack .
“ A police officer , who was not at the scene when the attack took place , came and directed that Ayomide should be rushed to hospital. The officer rushed him to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital , Osogbo , in his private car .
“ Ayomide is currently at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. “ He is unconscious. He has not opened his eyes or talk since then. His mobile phone and the sum of N 50 ,000 in his pocket were stolen . ”
Corroborating Wasiu’s claims , the victim ’s boss , Popoola Adebayo, said when he got to the scene , Ayomide was lying on the road and was drenched in blood.Adebayo added that when they got to LAUTECH , Osogbo , and the doctor on duty asked them to deposit the sum of N 50 , 000 , the Divisional Police Officer , Ibokun Division , paid N 30 ,000 out of the sum .
When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Yemisi Opalola, said she had not been briefed about the incident .
A reliable security source, however , told PUNCH Metro that a policeman was being detained in connection with the incident .

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