Hoodlums sack Ibadan residents, vandalise properties
The Oyo State Police Command on Friday evening confirmed fresh attacks by suspected rival hoodlums in Ibadan, the state capital.
For several hours on Thursday and early hours of Friday, thugs in their scores were said to have rendered many homeless in Odo Oba, Idi Ope, and the suburbs of Idi Arere in Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of the state.
An eyewitness revealed that the people of the area were subjected to palpable fears as thugs engaged in a violent clash, vandalising houses and vehicles in the affected areas.
They were said to be armed to the teeth with guns, clubs and other dangerous weapons.
Dotun Olalere, a resident of Odo Oba, said, “Many of the residents fled as hoodlums in a violent rivalry clash sacked many from their homes.
“Many vehicles packed by their owners along the roads in the affected spots were vandalised, with many people sustaining injuries before the police arrived, hours after,” Olalere added.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the clash, denied casualties in the fracas and said normalcy had since been restored.
He said, “At 2200hrs of 15/8/2019, a distress call was received that hoodlums are fomenting trouble at Odo Oba/Idi ope area of Ibadan.
“Police patrol men were quickly moved in to forestall breakdown of law and order.
“Police Control room also drafted some other patrol teams to assist in bringing the situation under control.
“The situation was brought under control and no life was lost,” Fadeyi stated.