…As accident on Abeokuta Sagamu Road wipes out 12 persons***
No fewer than two persons died in a bloody clash between suspected political hoodlums at an All Progressives’ Congress (APC) campaign rally in Igboora area of Oyo State.
The incident occurred shortly after an APC political rally which held at the old motor park in Igboora on Saturday evening.
The campaign train, led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had commenced with a road show from Lanlate through Igboora, Idere, Ayete, Tapa and Igangan before the ralies berthed at Igboora, on the way to Eruwa and Omi-Adio.
It was a peaceful rally which saw the governor and the party’s governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, acknowledging cheers from supporters who had thronged the streets to show solidarity for the party.
Trouble, however, started immediately after the rally in Igboora as suspected political hoodlums engaged themselves in a bloody clash which left one dead.
But another innocent resident, identified to be a younger brother to an APC leader in the community, was hit by a stray bullet and eventually gave up the ghost.
Eyewitnesses highlighted that some suspected hoodlums had accosted the APC governorship candidate to demand for money but were allegedly blocked by another hired group of hoodlums.
This, witnesses said, resulted in heated arguments which later led to the free for all.
The incident had since resulted in counter allegations and reactions from political parties and residents.
While the APC accused opposition parties of being behind the mayhem, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) asked APC to look inwards for the perpetrators.
“Guns were freely displayed by thugs alleged to have been arranged and sponsored by the PDP and some other parties to carry out the dastardly act.
“The mayhem eventually cost two lives. One of which is a younger brother to the leader of our party, Alhaji Olayide Abas. We hereby charge security agencies to investigate and unravel the killers of the deceased.
“It is important to note that the PDP has continually incited the people to cause trouble, having realised that the game is over. The PDP is among the parties that masterminded the mayhem,” APC Communication team said in a statement.
Several opposition party while describing the incident as very pathetic, however maintained that the APC should investigate themselves over the mayhem.
They explained that several other opposition parties in the state, including the PDP flag bearer had visited the community to campaign without violence or bloodshed.
Also, some residents of the community frowned at the sorrowful incident, describing it as a return of thuggery and brigandage to the state.
They explained that the people of the community were not desperate people and have always lived peacefully with each other, irrespective of political affiliations.
Spokesman for Oyo State Police Command, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, did not respond to calls and text messages at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, a ghastly accident involving a black Kia Cerato car and a grey Toyota Sports space bus around Shiun area on Abeokuta / Sagamu Expressway on Sunday wiped out the life of no fewer than 12 persons.
A Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele while confirming the incident in Abeokuta, also said that the accident which occurred around 1p.m., was caused by the car marked KJA 806 BT which was on high speed when it suffered a burst tyre.
“The driver was suspected to have applied break suddenly, which made him to loose control.
“This led the speeding car to climb the road divider to the opposite direction where it collided with the passenger bus.
“The bus with registration number LSR 334 FF was traveling from Abeokuta toward Sagamu. The unfortunate crash killed all the occupants of the two vehicles.
“Twelve persons who were involved in the crash – five male adults, six females adult and one child -all died ,” he said.
The FRSC boss explained that the corpses of the deceased persons had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
Oladele, while commisserating with the famillies of the victims, informed members of the public, whose family members travelled within the period, to contact the FRSC Command, Abeokuta or OOUTH, Sagamu for identification of the victims.
The Sector Commander also advised motorists to ensure that their vehicles “are in good condition, including driving with good tryres and avoid excessive speed” .