There was pandemonium in Ibadan on Tuesday after some people suspected to be ‘area boys’ clashed with some policemen attached to Yemetu police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
One person was reportedly shot during the incident while shop owners around Yemetu-Ade-Oyo Road in Ibadan hurriedly locked up their shops for fear of being attacked.
About seven persons are however in the police net over the matter
Eyewitness account said trouble started when some policemen arrived the usual location of the area boys in Yemetu area only for the area boys to resist the policemen’s presence, which resulted in one of them being shot.
The area boys were later said to have regrouped and went in protest to the station. They vowed to burn down the station.
However, to repel the attack, the police and other security agencies mobilized and formed a barricade in front of the police station, creating one-way traffic for vehicles and motorists.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu who confirmed the incident said that the police were on legitimate duty, only to be attacked by the area boys.
He, however, declared that no fewer than seven persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.
He said “The patrol team was attacked while they were on legitimate duty by hoodlums and miscreants who were throwing stones, broken bottles and even shooting. In an attempt to repel the attack, one person was injured and was rushed to the hospital.
“I can’t confirm if the person died. The same hoodlums mobilized and attacked the police station. We equally mobilized enough policemen and repelled the attack.”
“The police were at the place on legitimate duty when they came under attack. No fewer than seven of those hoodlums have been arrested,” Ajisebutu said.