11 Nigerians reportedly died in a claash between the Nigerian police and local hunters in Ogbere Onilanta in Ona- Ara Local Government of Oyo State, the Nation is reporting. While the police claimed only one person died, residents said 11 people including hunters and policemen died in the clash. According to the report, trouble started when the police insisted on checking the hunters’ convoy.
The police accused the hunters who were coming from Lagos to Akanran community for a meeting of over speeding and reckless driving. Attempts by the hunters to seize the Ogbere Police station and its armoury was foiled by armed security men. Motorists were barred from passing through the area as the road was cordoned off.
The men were coming in some vehicles, including a black Toyota Pathfinder. Some policemen, who were at the checkpoint in front of their station, stopped them and challenged them for driving recklessly. One of the hunters got down and started arguing with the police.
“He slapped the policeman. Later, we started hearing gunshots. There was shooting from both sides. “The crisis was so much that everybody started running to avoid being caught in the fire,” an eyewitness, who identified himself as Isiaka, told The Nation.
Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu said the shot hunter was only injured. “Some robbery suspects, identified as Agbekoya militants in three vehicles, attacked policemen on stop-and-search duty at Ogbere and attempted to snatch a rifle from a policeman. “The bandits were repelled. The hoodlums fled, only to regroup and attack the Ogbere Police Station, advancing to the armoury, shooting their way in.
The police again repelled their attack and in the process one hoodlum was fatally injured. Two suspects were arrested.
The injured suspect died on the way to hospital. Items recovered from the hoodlums include: five cut- to- size locally-made gun, 103 cartridges and assorted charms. “A Sports Utility Van (SUV) was seized. The arrested suspects have made confessions and are helping the police in their investigation.” Meanwhile, armed policemen and soldiers were positioned at various locations within the community.
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