The clash between the police, hunters and members of a vigilante group in Oyo State has led to the death of three residents of Okeho town in Kajola Local Government Area, and a policeman.
Information gathered revealed that the clash started following the decision of the residents to kill the robbery suspect arrested, while the police officers insist on taking him into custody.
Naija News had earlier reported that some armed robbers on Wednesday evening attacked a branch of First Bank in the town and killed a policeman.
It was further reported that the four of the armed robbers were killed by the hunters who blocked the road and prevented them from escaping. The corpses were later burnt by the angry residents.
The hunters reportedly pursued the two other robbers that escaped during the robbery, and while one was arrested alive, the corpse of the injured one was recovered from the bush.
A source which spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “there is a serious crisis in Okeho now”.
“Somebody was accidentally shot dead by the police while they were attempting to take away the armed robber arrested by the hunters.”
“Residents also fought back and killed a policeman. This infuriated the policemen and they opened fire on the crowd and killed two more persons.”