A man, identified simply as ‘Pastor’ has been reportedly killed by gunshot in a post-sallah dispute over the traditional leadership of Jebba in Moro Local Government Area, Kwara State, on Wednesday, while three people were also injured
The Nigerian Tribune also gathered that property with unestimated value were also burnt.
Eyewitnesses account revealed that the dispute was a renewal of an age-long disagreement between factions loyal to the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Abdulkadir Alabi Adebara and members of an opposing camp, simply identified as Okedares.
It was gathered that pandemonium broke out moments after the Eid -el Fitri prayers when some indigenes began making some sinister displays at the frontage of the palace.
As efforts to stop the display were allegedly rebuffed, it was gathered that one popular man in the town also decided to stage his own version of display at the same venue.
Irked by the developments, some loyalists of the traditional ruler were said to have allegedly attempted dispersing the crowd by force, leading to violent resistance.
“It was at this moment that we started hearing the sounds of gun shots at Oke-Oja, where the palace is located. The shots hit three people who were promptly rushed to a nearby hospital. One of them died moments later. He was one man we called ‘Pastor.’ The other two are in critical conditions. Besides, a vehicle and a motor cycle at the scene, were burnt beyond recognition,” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ajayi Okasanmi, however, said that he was yet to be officially briefed on the incident.
He, however, confirmed that policemen from Bode Sa’adu, headquarters of the Moro Local Government Area, had been drafted to the town.