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46 arrested as OPC rival groups clash in Ibadan

By Ola Ajayi

Ibadan—FOLLOWING a bloody clash that erupted at Oke Ado area of Ibadan between two rival groups within the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, which reportedly resulted in the death of one person, the Oyo State Police Command has arrested 46 suspects in connection with the clash.

Information gathered that dangerous weapons such as guns, axes and machetes were freely used while the fracas lasted.

The two rival groups identified as New Era and a group loyal to Gani Adams faction, reportedly clashed at Oke-Ado, and the melee spread to Born Photo, Isale Osi, Oopoyeosa and other places.

Confirming the fracas, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the Oyo State Police Command, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu said: “46 suspects have been arrested. Normalcy has since been restored following prompt deployment of policemen to the scene.

”The CP, Abiodun Odude, personally visited the scene where he assured residents of adequate protection. He has directed that the CIID should commence discreet investigation into the incident.”

In order to restore peace to the area, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude was seen rushing to the scene with retinue of armed policemen.

Further investigation revealed that the two groups have been fighting for supremacy immediately Aare Gani Adams was chosen as Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland.

During the fracas, hoodlums reportedly hijacked it and looted several shops. Property worth millions of naira were said to have been destroyed.

An impeccable source said the crisis had started at the weekend, though it was not all that serious.

It, however, snowballed into a crisis of larger proportion when the group that was at the receiving end staged a reprisal.

The source said: “A state chairman living around Oke-Ado went to a party and felt insulted by the action of a member of the other faction. Dangerous weapons were freely used which made passers by and motorists to scamper for safety.”



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