Okene, the commercial centre in the central senatorial district of Kogi State, witnessed the rage of irate youths, as they attacked and burnt down a police patrol vehicle at Obehira area of the town.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, about 20 in number, went on rampage accusing the police of causing the death of an innocent man through an accident in the area on Tuesday.
The source said the police patrol vehicle was on a trail of a vehicle suspected to be carrying Indian hemp along Obehira Road and in the process, the vehicle hit a passerby and fell into a gutter, as the driver failed a negotiated move while under police chase.
The source also added that the occupants of the vehicle escaped before the police could get to the scene of the accident, and on getting there, it is said that instead of attending to the person that was hit by the vehicle, the police concerned themselves with the vehicle conveying banned substance.
In the ensued struggle between the police and the irate youths, the police flee away from the scene for fear of being attacked, leaving their vehicle and the one conveying the banned substance behind, which the youths burnt down.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Collins Adebayo confirmed the incident, saying the police got a distress call that a red Honda Accord car was carrying exhibit and that when the driver saw the police vehicle trailing him he zoomed off, adding that in an attempt to escape the police hot chase, the tyre of his vehicle bust and in the process he killed a man rolling tyre on the road.
According to him, the driver of the vehicle escaped while the youths out of anger attacked the police van and set it ablaze.
He added that the police arrived at the scene later when they got the wind of the development to prevent the mob from attacking the car, saying it was too late as the irate youths set the two vehicles ablaze.
He said investigation was on-going to bring the culprit to justice while normalcy has since returned to the area.

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