Three people have been reported killed in Ibese, a town in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State yesterday. Eyewitness account says that argument between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in the area resulted in the clash that has led to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
We gathered that what led to the fight between the two communities was a scuffle by two men over who was the rightful lover of a lady believed to be sex worker in the town. The paper was told that the two rival lovers, one of them identified simply as kehinde, and the other, believed to be Hausa man, and a staff of the Dangote Cement company, whose identity could not be ascertained as at Press time had engaged each other in fight over who the sex worker really belongs to. Findings showed that during the misunderstanding, the Hausa man pulled out his knife with which he stabbed his rival to death.
But another source said Kehinde, 22, was killed when he was having his bath around 2:30 am by a group of friends of the Dangote staffer at the Oja-Oba community market in the area. Kehinde’s death sparked off fighting in the town which resulted in 25 trailers belonging to Dangote Cement company, Ibese, being burnt. Also a car and three motorcycles were set ablaze. Meanwhile, the Ogun state police command had beefed up security in the town and the neighbouring villages with over 200 of its men on standby, as the entire market now looked like ghost town.
The traditional ruler of the town, Oba Joel Bamgbose was said to have fled his palace. Speaking with us at the scene of the incident, the Bale of Ijoko, the community that houses the trailer park, Alhaji Sikirulahi Akinsola, confirmed that the mayhem was principally caused by the misunderstanding between the patrons of the commercial sex worker. Akinsola, said that Hausas in the area stormed the market with dangerous weapons, catching security officers off guard. He further added that shops in the market were looted after the 25 trailer were set ablaze.
Akinsola, who claimed that he was the chairman of the market Task Force, also stated that there was adequate security provision for the market prior to the attack. The state Commissioner of Police, Okoye Ikhemefuna had already visited the place since Wednesday where he was said to have held meeting with all the youths and community leaders which included the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.