A bloody clash involving policemen and some hoodlums at the popular Oje market in the ancient city of Ibadan, yesterday, led to two deaths. Two policemen were also injured in the clash.
Some drivers and hoodlums, it was learnt, engaged in a brawl when the hoodlums attempted to extort the motorists.
On a tip-off, policemen at Agugu, led by their Divisional Police Officer, ASP Timothy Adedeji went to the scene. Instead of applauding the policemen for their quick intervention, the crowd, it was gathered booed the policemen and attempted to attack them. The policemen were said to have fired warning shots to scare them following their hostile reception.
Unfortunately, a man was hit, and he was said to have died instantly.
The warring groups as a result put aside their differences and descended on the policemen, injuring them and taking away a rifle in the process.
Confirming the incident, the state Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor, said, “The mob later regrouped and went to Agugu Division apparently to attack the station. The situation was brought under control through reinforcement.”
Additional information had it that the policemen later saw the stolen rifle and tried to retrieve it. This was said to have been resisted by the mob which allegedly fired shots at the policemen.
According to reports, the stray bullet from the hoodlums hit a passer-by and the person also died. The situation has since been brought under control.
“The police command has gone into the matter. We are currently investigating the incident. If the policemen in question are found to have misused their firearms, we have disciplinary measures through which erring policemen are brought to book,” Ilobanafor said.