Several people on Saturday sustained injury when supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clashed in ward 7 of Ibarapa East East Local Government Area of Oyo State as the governorship election is about to begin.
Nigeriacrime.com gathered that trouble started when some suspected supporters of PDP allegedly attacked a bus carrying some people to the election ground
In a reprisal attack, some supporters of APC were said to have traced the leaders of the attackers to their hideout where a free-for-all ensued, leaving many people wounded.
Doctors are currently battling to save one of the victims who sustained severe injury in an undisclosed hospital in the town.
As of the time of filing this report, efforts to contact the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, to comment on the matter, proved abortive, as calls placed to him were not answered.
In a related development, Soldiers deployed to maintain restriction orders in Osun have arrested and detained hundreds of defaulters.
The state government had on Friday restricted from midnight till 6 pm on Saturday.
However, hundreds of residents, who claimed to be voters were detained around House of Assembly, along Osogbo-Gbongan. Most of them claimed they were detained as early as 5 am while trying to go to their respective polling units.
One of the detained persons, Pastor James Akanmu, said they had been detained at the spot since 5 am while others were detained around 6 am.
“We are going to our polling units in the state capital from Owode-Ede, an outskirt of the capital and we were detained here. We cannot walk to the units, the places are far from our residences”, he said.
However, the lead of the team at the scene said whoever wants to go and vote is free to do so but cannot do with their vehicles.
“They can walk to their units vote, come back and pick up their vehicles later in the day. We did not detain them, we are here to enforce the law”, the military officer.