The Oyo State Police Command on Wednesday said one person was killed when suspected hoodlums clashed in Oja’ba area of Ibadan.
However, residents of the area gave contrasting number of casualties, with some saying up to six persons were killed from both sides of the rival gangs.
Trouble started on Tuesday evening when a group named Idowu Boys, with support from Zaccheus Boys, threatened to attack an unnamed group. A resident of the area said Idowu Boys and the unnamed group had engaged in deadly duels in the past, with members brandishing deadly weapons including guns, while sacking the area and adjoining communities.
“Idowu Boys said it had an unfinished business with the other group after a recent clash. The members said they would attack the group after teaming up with Zaccheus Boys on Tuesday evening, so there was tension that led to commotion in the area,” said the resident who did not give her name.
“We had to close our shops and stay indoors because of past experience.
“From what I heard, Idowu Boys said the other group killed one of their members recently and that they were prepared to take revenge on them. They laid an ambush around Gege area, leading to a fight that left three dead. We later heard that six persons eventually died in the clash with both sides sharing the figure.”
Another eyewitness said police presence stemmed the fight but it resumed later in the night and continued into the early morning. He said broken bottles and sticks were initially employed by the gangs but guns and other dangerous weapons were introduced as casualties were recorded.
Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said police had restored peace in the area while those behind the attack would be fished out.
He said, “Only one person died. The Commissioner of Police has ordered 24 hour security coverage of the affected areas with a view to protecting lives and property. Some arrests have been made. Normalcy has returned as the police warn against acts causing breach of public peace.”