Residents and traders of Onideore, Ogundipe Street in Oranyan area of Ibadan, Oyo State in the early hours of Monday scampered for safety after a large group of unidentified hoodlums unleashed terror, tears and blood in the area; leaving 3 persons mortally wounded.
This unannounced pandemonium made the residents of the community to desert their houses and shops in search of a safer abode.
Residents of the area said they are oblivious of the cause of the chaos but, a eye witness reported that trouble ensued when some youths, in large numbers, stormed the streets around 8pm, halting commercial and vehicular activities.
The hoodlums allegedly attacked motorists and traders in the area, just as vehicles and shops were looted and needlessly destroyed during the mayhem.
One Mr. Badmus Yusuf, alleged that he lost about N800,000 in his shop during the incident. He said, “as a result of the chaos, some residents of the area were forced to vacate their homes for fear of being attacked.
“the four people that sustained bullet injuries, only one young man had a life-threatening case. He had been rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan.”
On the other hand, the National president, Soludero Hunters Association, Oba Wahab Nureni AjijolaAnabi hinted that hunters and the Amotekun operatives collaborated to contain the violence.
Oba Wahab said, “I saw some of the boys. The young boys carried two guns. They intended shooting one person but the bullets hit three other people. We hunters drove them away. I thought they had gone only for them to regroup.”
“They regrouped around 12.00 am. We were helpless because they ran into densely populated areas to evade arrest. We observed that they are young boys. We only shot into the air to scare them. Amotekun operatives later joined us to drive them away. He said that the gangsters vandalised vehicles and looted shops.”
Oba Wahab claimed to have reported the incident at the Idi Aro Police Station. However, the Police through the police public Relations officers (PPRO), oyo state command, Olugbenga Fadeyi denied the claim that the matter was reported at Idi Aro Police station. He said, ” it is a blatant lie, that there was no such report at the station.” “Notwithstanding, efforts have been intensified to know if anything of such happened or not.”