TWO DEAD, MANY INJURED AS HOODLUMS CLASHES WITH POLICE IN IBADAN

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Badmus Rasheed was allegedly killed on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when some hoodlums attacked Mapo Police Station.

Earlier, a 60-year-old Modupe Daramola in Akobi area allegedly died from the injuries sustained after she was hit by pellets from a locally made gun fired by one of the hoodlums during a clash involving the thugs.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, urged parents to warn their wards and children against public disturbance.

Fadeyi narrated that, “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command wishes to inform the general public about the incident that occurred earlier today, 28th January, 2021 at about 1145hrs at Odo-Osun Area of Mapo where police personnel from Mapo Divisional Police Headquarters were deployed to effect the arrest of two notorious miscreants who had been deeply involved in the crisis rocking Shogoye/Akobi areas of Mapo lately.

“It can be recalled that armed thugs from Shogoye/Akobi areas have been unleashing mayhem, causing grievous hurts and death of innocent citizens in the two areas. On the 25th of January, 2021 at about 0600hrs, an elderly woman wearing a white Celestial church cap known as Modupe Daramola (female), aged 60, of a Celestial church in Akobi area, was hit by pellets from a locally made gun fired by one of the hoodlums during the clashes and she gave up the ghost, while some others sustained varying degrees of injury.

“Sequel to the arrest of the two notorious miscreants who were handcuffed, one aka Packaging led some thugs numbering about thirty (30) to attack and mob the police team and forcefully took the two miscreants from them. In a bid to escape being lynched, the police personnel shot in the air and managed to escape.

“At about 1220hrs, one Akeem (male) in company with some angry miscreants invaded the police station to report that his younger brother was shot and the miscreants attempted to attack Mapo Police Station, while some cars at the junction leading to the street of the station were damaged. The mob was thereafter repelled by police personnel who were strategically positioned to prevent the station from being attacked. Not too long, at about 1350hrs, the corpse of one Badmus Rasheed (male), aged 20, was brought to the police station amidst the angry mob that was earlier repealed from attacking the station (sic).

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to appeal to parents/guardians in the two areas to warn their wards to desist from acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order as massive deployments of police personnel and of sisters security agencies have been put in place to forestall further crises.

In a related development, many motorists, commuters, traders and traffic wardens around Bere, Oja Oba market, Idi Arere areas took to their heels on Thursday when they heard about the commotion caused by the hoodlums in the city.

Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd.), Commandant of the Western Nigeria Security Network in Oyo State, popularly known as Amotekun, and a Mogaji of Ibadanland, Wale Oladoja, had held a meeting with the hoodlums where it was agreed that there should be a ceasefire between the opposing cult factions.

However, an eyewitness account has it that hoodlums were still sighted on Thursday moving from Labiran area towards Bere area, armed with guns, cutlasses, sticks, sharp metals and threatening anyone who dared them.

At Oja Oba in particular, traders were sighted running with their goods to escape from the market to a safer place while encouraging others to also run as they did so.

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