Police issue Press Statement as Yoruba, Hausa youths clash

Police issue Press Statement as Yoruba, Hausa youths clash

The police in Oyo State have denied the report that one person died in the clash that broke out between the Yorubas and Hausas in Ibadan South West Local Government Area of the State on Sunday.

There had been report that a riot broke out after a lottery kiosk operator, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, Mufutau Sanni, was reportedly killed, following injuries sustained while trying to separate a fight between a Hausa man and his Yoruba counterpart on MKO Abiola Way.

An eyewitness had said that the trouble started when an argument ensued between a Hausa trader and his customer, a development which caused Sanni to intervene with a motive to resolve the matter.

“Sanni’s intervention, however, did not go down well with Hausas, who are majorly commercial motorcycle operators, which made them descend heavily on him.”

The eyewitness said the attack on Sanni landed him in a nearby hospital, where an unconfirmed report said he had died.

But in its reaction, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Adewale Osifeso, said: “At about 10.30 a.m on Sunday upon the receipt of a distress call, operatives of the Oyo State Command responded to an alleged breach of peace situation around Mobil Area, Ring Road, Ibadan.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the victim (name undisclosed as of now), was escorted off the scene by police after suffering deep cuts on his body.

“The incident is closely being monitored and Police operational and tactical assets have been deployed to forestall any untoward happenings,” Osifeso said.

He further said that the victim was responding favourably to medical intervention provided for him, saying: “He is very much alive.”

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