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20 arrested over violent protest in Ekiti community

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ayegbaju Ekiti—The Ekiti State Police Command yesterday disclosed that 20 persons have been arrested over a violent protest carried out by some youths in Aiyegbaju Ekiti, a major town in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti state on Sunday.

Trouble started over the weekend, when a young man identified to be an indigene of the town and an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Samson Omowunmi died in a mysterious circumstances.

A community source told newsmen that the deceased was involved in a protracted land dispute with another indigene, an older person, before his untimely death.

It was learned that Omowunmi was allegedly inflicted with a strange sickness during the week, and had to be rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he later died on Saturday evening.

The source said the news about the death of the deceased did not go down well with his fellow youths in the town, who suspected that he might have been killed through remote diabolical means over the disputed land.

It was reported that the angry youths mobilised themselves in large numbers and marched through the streets chanting war songs, even as they demanded the head of the man suspected to be responsible for Omowunmi’s death.

They were said to have also besieged the private home of the suspected man, and attempted burning down the property.

Commercial activities were said to have been brought a halt as a result of the violence, just as vehicular human movement, to and from the town were also disrupted during the period.

The timely arrival of Policemen in the town was said to have saved the situation from degenerating into a full-blown communal crisis.






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