No fewer than 20 people were yesterday injured in Idanre town, Idanre local government area of Ondo State when the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed, throwing the community in a state of confusion.
The incident was said to have caused pandemonium in Isalu area of the ancient town, as people were seen scampering for the safety of their lives.
LEADERSHIP Friday, gathered that the chairman of PDP in Idanre local government area, Mr Bola Ogundolu, was allegedly injured by the irate APC supporters during the clash.
According to a source, Ogundolu was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed private hospital in the town as a result of the injury sustained in the brawl.
The source who does not want his name in print further narrated that members of the two parties were preparing to organise a get-together to celebrate the New Year when the incident occurred.
He further informed that the two parties were given permission by the police to hold the event at different venues in the town.
“Members of the two parties were to hold their get-together today (yesterday), they were both granted permission by the Divisional Police Officer in the town.
“But in the morning, some APC thugs went to the house of the PDP chairman where people were preparing the food for the ceremony. The boys (suspected APC supporters) invaded the house and attacked and beat everybody in the house, they took away all the cooked foods that had been prepared.
“The chairman was attacked in front of the DPO when he went to report the activities of the hoodlums at the police station. He was seriously injured by the thugs. “
Another source told LEADERSHIP Friday that the clash occurred between the commercial motorcyclists in the town who are members of both APC and PDP, noting that those involved were not card-carrying members of the two parties.
Speaking on the incident, a chieftain of PDP in the ancient town, Mr. Mayokun Akinmoladun, disclosed that the clash occurred at about 8.30am on Thursday.
According to Akinmoladun, PDP had earlier written to the police and other security agencies in the state for permission to hold the event, which according to him was granted.
“The APC supporters attacked and maimed our people in our chairman’s house, they destroyed our canopy, our chairs, they stole all the food we have prepared. They also injured our chairman.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said normalcy had returned to the town as the two parties had agreed to make peace.
Joseph denied that the PDP chairman in the Idanre was beaten at the police station by the hoodlums .
The PPRO said,” The APC sought our approval to hold their get together and we provided them security but from nowhere we learnt that the PDP too were holding theirs and we were not aware of their own. That was how the clash occurred but I can tell you now that normalcy had returned.
“But we had met with the leaders of the two parties and thank God the matter has been resolved amicably, the caretaker chairman of the APC in the local government had offered to compensate the PDP for all they have lost. If the PDP too want to hold their own party tomorrow, we are ready to give them security.”
In another development several people were injured, properties worth millions of naira destroyed as suspected hoodlums clashed in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The hoodlums from Foko and Itamaya areas unleashed terror in Oke-Ado area of the state capital.
Relics from burgled houses, shops, burnt tricycles, commercial motorcycles, broken bottles and pieces of wood from chairs and tables littered the streets.
The Oyo State Police Command yesterday said it has arrested 14 suspects in connection with the violence at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan between two warring groups.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu who confirmed the incident, said peace has gradually returned to the area following police deployment.
According to him, the police have commenced investigation into the incident, saying that nothing will be spared to unravel the circumstances that led to the clash.
As a result, commercial activities in the area have been paralysed as most of the shops were still under lock and key.
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