By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN-Irates youths in Taiwo area of Ilorin while performing annual youths Carnival in the area on the eve of new year clashed with religion worshippers during which three persons sustained serious injuries while vehicles and other domestic properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
Kwara police command in a swift reaction yesterday afternoon claimed it had so far arrested ten persons in connection with the incident.
Also,Govennor Abdulfatah Ahmed in his reaction condemned the action of the youths describing it as criminal and ordered the police to launch manhunt to nab the perpetrators.
Vanguard reliably gathered that suspected youths in Taiwo metropolis of Ilorin had gone on rampage to celebrate the carnival despite their refusal by the leaders of the area not to go ahead with the carnival on the eve night of the new year in the area.
Eye witness account who sought anonymity, told our correspondent that, the Christians worshippers at Methodist and other churches in the area and Muslims faithful under the aegis of Quareeb Muslim Society that were having their new year eve at one of the Secondary school at Taiwo were seriously attacked by the youths during which three persons were wounded and properties destroyed.
Meantime, the state police command in a statement issued yesterday described the incident as unfortunate.
The statement which was signed by the state police command Public Relations, Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ajayi Okasanmi said that, the police command has arrested 10 suspected youths in connection with the attack.
He also said that, three people sustained serious injuries during the attack while they were receiving medical attention in one of the private hospitals in Ilorin..
Okasanmi stressed that, “ It is important to note, that the attack has no religious undertone. It is simple an unlawful act by the disgruntled youths of the area, as both the Christian and Muslim gatherings in the area”.
He noted further that, the state police command has commenced full investigations into the act adding that, anybody found culpable in the act would face the full wrath of the law.
He therefore admonished the people of the state to continue to embark on their lawful assignment and assured that the police command would continue to be alive to its responsibility in order to ensure full maintenance of law and order.
Also Gov Ahmed in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahaab Oba described the dastardly attack as criminal, satanic and alien to the state.
Governor Ahmed, who hailed those who made efforts to protect some of the victims regardless of their religious inclination, called on security agencies to immediately launch investigation into the incident and unravel the perpetrators of the unholy act with a view to bringing the culprits to book.
According to the governor, “peace is sine qua non for the development of any society and the government will not tolerate any act capable of breaching peace, unity and tranquility of the state”.
The governor called on the people of the state to imbibe spirit of tolerance and harmonious relationship for sustenance of growth and economic development in the state.
Governor Ahmed also called on parents and guardians to monitor their wards with a view to curtailing their likely excesses.