11 persons feared killed as rival gangs clash in Ibadan

In a renewed violence, no fewer than eleven youths were reportedly killed on Friday when rival gangs from Inalende, Opopoyeosa and Abebi areas of Ibadan, Oyo State capital engaged in a clash, which lasted for several hours, Tribune Online reliably gathered.

In a swift reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Oyo State Police Command, Mr Adewale Osifeso confirmed the incident, he clarified that the number of casualty in the clash was yet to be ascertained by the Police authorities.

In a text message forwarded to our correspondent, he stated “the incident actually happened. However, investigations are in top gear to establish the number of casualties and circumstances that led to the incident. Meanwhile, additional Police Operatives have since been deployed to the scene to maintain law and order. You would be updated in due course, please.

Checks by Tribune Online indicated that Friday’s killing was a spillover of recurring violence among the rival gangs in the affected areas, which initially started on Wednesday till Thursday and climaxed on Friday.

A credible source hinted that members of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), whose six members were allegedly killed by the rampaging gangsters on Thursday night have mobilised their members for a reprisal attack on the youths in the areas.

A neighbour of one of the victims, Quadri Alausa who spoke with journalists over the crisis said that his (victim) father, Baba Alausa had given direction that his son remains be buried in his Apete house.

He said; “eleven people were killed. Seven Oopo youths and four OPC members. As I speak with you, the OPC has begun to mobilise their members to attack the Opopoyeosa youths again. In fact, we heard they have told police to steer clear of the area. Just stay where you are. Don’t move around, please.”

Similarly, another resident of Inalende who spoke on the condition of anonymity said all residents have locked their doors, while shops in Opopoyeosa, Inalende and Abebi areas have hurriedly closed for business.

He stated: “It is true. Men of Operation Burst are everywhere, but they are helpless. Police cannot do anything. We need the government to mobilise soldiers to help them. We cannot go to Jumat today. The area is very tense.”

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