Eyewitness account said trouble started when a team of anti-crime police officers attached to one of the police stations in the town allegedly mounted a road block in one of the major roads.
Vanguard learned that one of the officers, in an attempt to stop the Okada rider, pulled down the boy and mother, while the motorcycle was in motion. Mother and child were rushed to the hospital, while commercial motorcycle operators staged a peaceful protest to show their displeasure over alleged incessant extortion by policemen in the town.
However, the state police command has, however, denied the allegation of extortion by its officers. A top police officer in Ondo town said that Okada riders who were arrested had no identification numbers on the motorcycles.
Speaking in confidence, the officer added that the directive was to guide against crime in the state.
............and collect bribes.