Hoodlums, on Thursday, invaded the palace of Oloto of Oto Awori Kingdom, Oba Josiah Aina, allegedly attacked guests and disrupted the celebration of his 15th year coronation anniversary, a situation that led to the death of a yet-to-be-identified person.
It was learnt that most guests scampered to safety, some others, who were unlucky, sustained varying degrees of injury and were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
A combined team of military and police operatives was also sighted in the area.
He said, “We didn’t know how the whole situation escalated to this extent. I was here till 11pm on Wednesday and there was no sign of a possible attack. It was this morning that they came with different weapons.
“They started by looting people’s shops and destroying their goods. You can see the whole roads littered with broken bottles. They also forced their way into peoples’ houses and destroyed their properties.”
Another resident, Wasiu Alao, alleged that the hoodlums responsible for the invasion were from the Ijanikin community, adding that the Ijanikin and Oto Awori communities were at peace, “but I don’t know why they chose to invade the community.”
The Baale Ogbetedo of Oto Awori, Obanla Adesina, said when they got the information about the impending attack, relevant security agents were informed, and an appeal was made to prevent any form of mayhem.
Adesina said, “I called the council chairman to intervene over the incident and he promised to call for a security stakeholder meeting. But to our surprise, boys from the Ijanikin community suddenly invaded the ongoing ceremony.
“They attacked around 8.30am with cutlasses, bottles and guns. There were more than 400 boys. When they entered the palace, some vehicles were vandalised and the guests had to run for their lives. So that led to the invitation of the police. Some of our boys were also shot and stabbed.”
However, Aina, during a conversation with our correspondent, said steps had been made to settle the differences between the two communities, adding despite the measures in place, the hoodlums from the neighbouring community attacked his palace.
He said, ‘’There was a clash between some communities and the police were there to quell the unrest. There was a shooting and I can confirm that one person died. We are still investigating the extent of damage, as well as the entire scenario.” CONTINUE READING…………
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