Ibese in Yewa North Local Government of Ogun State was on Wednesday thrown into confusion when an ethnic clash which was said to have caused by disagreement between clients of a prostitute claimed the lives of three persons and left no fewer than 30 vehicles burnt.
The disagreement, which was said to have resulted from contest over who was the rightful customer of an unidentified sex worker, was said to have later escalated and became an inter-tribal crisis. About 25 articulated vehicles, three cars and five motorcycles were said to have been destroyed in the violence while almost all the shops in the nearby market were reportedly looted.
Sikirulah Akinsola, the Chairman of the task force in the affected market, confirmed to newsmen that the violence erupted due to a disagreement between two persons over a commercial sex worker. Akinsola, who also doubles as the Bada Orile of Ijako Village, a suburb of the town, said more than 200 persons of Yoruba extraction who felt aggrieved by the alleged killing of their kinsman had decided to demonstrate on the streets when the crisis erupted.
Armed policemen have since deployed in the troubled town to forestall further break down of law and order while an Armoured Personnel Carrier was stationed in front of the Dangote Cement Factory located within the community.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi also confirmed the incident, but said no one was killed. According to him, “it was caused by a prostitute and some of the drivers had a problem with some men who claimed to be Ibese indigenes. There was no ethnic colouration. There was no casualty and only 14 vehicles were burnt”.