By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin-
Three persons on Friday night lost their lives in Lafiagi, Edu local government area of Kwara State when some youths from the area attempted to prevent Senator Mohammed Sha’aba Lafiagi from entering the town. Lafiagi, a prince of Lafiagi is representing Kwara North in the Senate.
The Kwara Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, have since confirmed the deaths. The spokesman of the NSCDC in the state, Mr Kunle Bilesanmi, while confirming the incident, said that aggrieved youths also burnt down a portion of the senator’s residence. But that the command could not say for certain where or from whom the shots that killed the victims came from.
There are however, allegations that the youths were angry with the senator whom they accused of refusing to assist the community in the fixing of a collapsed culvert along the road to the town.
The youth were said to have barricaded the road when Sha’aba was coming to his hometown and threatened to not let him go by the culvert that they personally mobilised to partially rehabilitate. A source reported that as soon as the senator noticed that they were going to make it difficult for him to access the town, he called for security reinforcement. “Not soon that he (Sha’aba) was coming in, the youths blocked the road as a bid to stop him from passing through because he didn’t help them with the fixing of the culvert.
This led to the killing of the three youths by security agents. When it was becoming too difficult to enter, he sought for a security reinforcement. The youths also revenged by setting the residential building of the senator on fire,” the source said.
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