There was pandemonium in the Ibafo axis of Ogun State on Tuesday as soldiers and suspected cultists clashed.
it was gathered that one soldier was shot during the clash. Abimbola Oyeyemi, The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident.
The correspondent that visited the area around 7 pm said the ever-busy Ibafo market and bus stop were deserted.
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As a result of panic created over the clash, commercial vehicles also failed to offload passengers at the Ibafo bus stop.
it was gathered that the fight started when internet fraudsters clashed in the area over a yet-to-be-ascertained issue.
While one of the fraudsters invited cultists to defend him, the other was said to have called soldiers.
The cultists first came and later, the soldiers arrived in a private car. The cultists stoned the soldiers and in the process, someone was shot,” an eyewitness said.
Another trader confirmed that one of the soldiers shot his colleague while trying to disperse the cultists.
“We all ran away when the soldiers’ patrol vehicle came. We thought they came to attack us,” the trader added.
When contacted on the telephone, Oyeyemi explained that calm had returned to the area.
He denied reports that Hausa traders stabbed a soldier to death in the area, noting that the shot soldier was immediately rushed to the hospital.
However, Oyeyemi could not ascertain if the shot soldier survived.
He said, “There was a crisis between Yahoo Boys. One went to bring cultists and the other was said to invite soldiers to defend him. A soldier was shot and rushed to the hospital.
No one reported the case at the police station. The soldiers were said to initially come in their private car before a patrol team came and left afterwards.
“Police have visited the area and everywhere is calm as we speak.”