Police launch manhunt for militant’s leader

The Easter celebration turned bloody on Sunday at Ita-Faaji junction of Owode Apata, Ibadan, Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State, when members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) clashed with some hoodlums.

About 30 OPC members stormed the popular junction at 6pm with dangerous weapons.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Apata Police Station, Ali Ganiyu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), however, said only a case of assault was reported by an unnamed person from the area.

He said the matter was not linked to the OPC.

According to him, those who reported the matter did not mention OPC.

He said the matter would be investigated and the culprits punished.

It was learnt that when the OPC members arrived at the junction, they allegedly shot into the air, forcing the residents, including traders and commercial motorcyclists (okada riders), to run.

Eyewitnesses said about 15 people were injured during the stampede that lasted about 20 minutes.

It was gathered that the OPC men injured 10 of the miscreants. Many shops were reportedly vandalised.

OPC Chairman in the area Comrade Muritala Adekola Ifawale (aka Muri Omi), could not be reached for his reaction.

The residents urged law enforcement agents to prevent a recurrence and tame the OPC boys from terrorising them.

Police spokesperson Olabisi Okuwobi told The Nation that the command has begun the manhunt for Muri and the others for breaching the peace.

She said: “It was not a clash but a fight between a man and some people. What really happened was a case of fighting in a public place and, in the process, a man was injured. He is receiving treatment in a hospital. Every other person is a suspect, including Muri. He may run but he cannot run faster than the law.” The Nation