Crime

Police foil reprisal attack by rival youth group in Osogbo

IGP, K. Idris 

Michael Olanrewaju, Osogbo.


Bloodshed was narrowly averted in Osogbo on Monday as police stopped a reprisal attack planned by some youths from Isale Osun area of the state capital, in avenging an earlier attack on them.

The sight of the youths numbering about 50 wielding dangerous weapons on Monday afternoon, sent areas like; Oja Oba, Gbaemu and Ibokun road into panic, as people scampered into safety to avoid being caught in the crises.

Multiple reliable security sources told Speargists, that some youths suspected to be members of a group from Obate area had on Saturday launched attack on another group based in Isale Osun area of Oshogbo.

Though no life was lost in the attack, but many people were said to have been inflicted with machete cuts. 

Some of the victims of the attack, it was also learnt, are in critical condition as a result of severe cuts they received from the attackers

Since Saturday’s attack, residents and business owners around Oja Oba and Ibokun road, have been living in fear, following insinuations that reprisal attack was being planned.

However, timely intervention by the policemen, after they intercepted the youths who appeared to be heading towards Obate for a possible reprisal attack, save the situation.

Sources close to the State Criminal Investigation Burea (SCIB) confirmed arrest of some suspects already in connection with the crime, adding that “investigation is ongoing to put an end to such occurrence in the state.”

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