By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN— Kwara State Police Command, yesterday, said it has arrested six suspected thugs allegedly involved in Tuesday’s clash between supporters of Kwara South Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Lola Ashiru, and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.
Four persons were allegedly killed and scores of supporters injured during the clash.
The two major political parties in the state have been trading casualty fugures of their supporters over the incident in Ojoku, Oyun Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesman of the command, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the arrest of six suspects in an interview with Vanguard, warned that political thuggery would not be tolerated in the state, noting that anyone caught, no matter how highly placed, would be dealt with according to the law.
Chairman of PDP in the state, Kola Shittu, had in a statement condemned the attack on its members and supporters in Ojoku, by thugs allegedly loyal to Kwara South senatorial candidate of APC, Lola Ashiru.
Similarly, APC in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Folaranmi Aro, claimed that two of their supporters were killed while many sustained severe injuries.
Meanwhile, spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said: ”Manhunt for the remaining fleeing suspects has since begun, while discreet investigation of the incident is ongoing.
”For the umpteenth time, the command is restating its commitment to the safety of lives and property of the people of Kwara State. While warning sternly that hooliganism, thuggery, unlawful possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons will be met with superior forces and suspects arrested will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”