By Kolade Larewaju
Abeokuta – IT was a bloody day yesterday in Ijebu-Ife in Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State following a clash between youths in the town and men of the Nigeria Police which left no fewer than five persons including an area commander ofÂ police, Omolodun Oladokun, dead.
Several people were said to have been injured in the clash while some vehicles and buildings were allegedly vandalized. Trouble started during a protest by the youths in the town over the alleged killing of one of them by members of a vigilance group.
The youth was said to have been returning from work late in the night sometime last week when he had an encounter with members of the vigilance group who were said to have beaten him withÂ charms.
He was said to have died on Friday after allegedly vomiting blood prompting the youths to take to the streets yesterday morning. The youths were said to have been going about, attackingÂ houses of people said to be members of the vigilance group apparently in retaliation of the alleged killing of the youth.
Efforts by the local police to contain the riot proved abortive prompting the request for reinforcement from the Area Command in Ijebu-Ode.
Oladokun, the area commander, who led the operation, was said to have been killed in the riot. Police public relations officer in Ogun State, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the clash, however, could not confirm the death of the area commander, an assistant commissioner of police, whom colleagues told Sunday Vanguard was â€œa fine officer.â€ Adejobi saidÂ he was already in Ijebu-Ife and that mobile policemen had been deployed to the town to maintain peace.
Today, God has made me governor of Edo State and I can never bargain where I am coming from because a man who bargains where he is coming from will never know where he is going. Only God can define your limit not man,â€ he said.