Not less than two persons have been reported dead after a fight ensued between Fulani and Yoruba at a local market; Aba Abugudu Market in Atisbo local government Area of Oyo state. Two personnel of the Southwestern Security Network (Amotekun) and a vigilante were reported mortally injured during the fight which happened on Monday.
Though the cause of the fight is still vague as of the time of filing this report on Wednesday, sources said that the Amotekun men were trying to quell a fight when a Fulani man drew out his cutlass and attacked the three security agents, inflicting varying degrees of injuries on them.
The Amotekun injured during the fracas; Michael Oguntade and Yekini Tijani and the vigilante were said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital where they are still being treated.
The Commandant, Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd.), confirmed the incident to newsmen via a telephone call on Wednesday.
However, Amotekun commandant said, “Our men who were attacked are still in the hospital.
“Fulani man and Yoruba were engaged in a fight at the Aba Agudugu Market. There were two Amotekun corps there and some vigilantes. Our men, (Amotekun) were trying to break the fight.
“One of the Fulani men was said to have attacked our men with a cutlass on the head, he attacked the other one on his hand. Those attacked were rushed to hospital, but those fighting still continued with their fight.
“The police were said to have recovered two corpses but I don’t know who was killed. The police are in better position to know.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed that three persons were injured, including two Amotekun.
He said two Amotekun men and one other person were injured.
“Three persons sustained injury. Two Amotekun personnel and one other. The DPO Tede led patrol team swiftly to the scene and took the injured to the hospital for treatment. Investigation intensified,” he said.