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20 shops, 3 houses, other property burnt during gang clash in Ibadan

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About 20 shops, three houses and some yet to be known number of vehicles have been burnt during a clash of rival group on Monday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Naija News gathered that the rival gangs engaged in a scuffle at three different areas of Isale-Osi, Born Photo and Gidarami.

Some residents at the scenes of the conflict sustained varying degrees of injuries, as some fled looking for safety.

The fight was reported to have started on Sunday night and lasted till Monday with members of the gangs wielding more deadly arms like machetes, cutlasses, knives, broken bottles and charms.

A resident recounted his experience saying, “The gangs are from Popoyemoja and Born Photo area in Ibadan. One of the leaders of the gangs was killed last week at a party.

The members alleged that their leader was killed by a rival group and they planned to avenge his death. They came in the night on Sunday but it was not a serious fight.

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“But today they returned and a fight broke out between the two groups. They started burning shops and destroying vehicles and houses.

“They used guns, knives, machetes, broken bottles and other dangerous objects in the fight.

“Several members of the gangs were injured. We had to flee the area for fear of being caught up in the fight.

“They targeted any house where any of the rival cult group was living.

“My sister’s shop was burnt, with goods worth thousands of naira destroyed. As they unleashed mayhem, they were singing war songs.”

The Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Subair was reported to have earlier visited the scene of the fatal incident to assess damages.

Confirming the incident, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude noted that some individuals have been arrested and peace had been restores in area.

Odude said: “Two rival groups engaged in a fight in the areas, but normalcy has returned.

“We made some arrests and investigation is still ongoing. Police will not tolerate activities of hoodlums in the state.

“Our men are still on ground to forestall further clash and disturbance in the areas by the groups”.

Source: Naija News

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_