Three hoodlums have been reportedly killed while many sustained various degrees of injuries as two rival gangs in Abebi, Oloosa Oko, Oopo-yiosa and Orita-Merin area of Ibadan engaged themselves in a supremacy ‘war’.
The crisis that began on Tuesday evening halted social and commercial activities in the affected areas as residents deserted their homes and shops for fear of being caught in the crossfire.
Some of the residents who spoke to The Guardian on Thursday appealed to the Oyo State government to protect their lives and property from the hoodlums that regroup at night to cause mayhem in the community.
A source said the crisis started after a popular Fuji musician performed during this year’s May 1 Gbagi Day celebration on Tuesday.
One of the members of the security committee of the areas who pleaded for anonymity told reporters that the crisis started when the musician doled out cash to one of the two groups.
He said, unfortunately, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the areas, Chief Gbenga Akinyemi, who was appointed by the local government authorities to keep peace in the area, was not in town when the crisis started.
He said immediately the CSO was alerted about the unrest, he called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Mokola police station to deploy his men to the areas.
The source gave the name of one of the victims as Hammed Barika and two others who lost their lives when they engaged in a gun duel with the Anti Riot squad of the police, who were deployed to douse the tension.
Yesterday, a heavy presence of the police was noticed in each junction of the areas, as people were unable to do their usual businesses.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident, however, said he was not aware of the causality.
Meanwhile, Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and other eminent Nigerians could not fight back tears yesterday as the body of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, was buried in his Lanlate residence, Ibarapa axis of the state.
Adeyemo, 47, died last week Friday at a Jericho Specialist Hospital in Ibadan. His final journey home began on Wednesday with a service of songs held in his honour at the Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and a valedictory session at the House of Assembly yesterday.
A funeral service jointly organised by Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and First Baptist Church, Lanlate was attended by people who wore grim faces, many of whom cried throughout the period the service lasted.
In his sermon, president, Ibadan Baptist Conference, Dr. Supo Ayokunle, urged politicians to be wary of three things: name, words and works, which he noted will define their lives after leaving office.
Earlier at the special plenary held in his honour, Ajimobi described the death of the Speaker as unexpected, adding that it has left a gaping wound that would take time to heal.
Ajimobi, who spoke in between tears, said the late Speaker was a true patriot who was passionate about the progress of the state.
Source: The Guardian