Residents of Ogbese Community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, have reportedly started deserting the community as some Fulani and Hausa settlers were said to have clashed, leading to the death of one person in the community.
NIGERIACRIME learnt that several other people were also injured in the clash that reportedly started on Tuesday evening.
It was also gathered that many shops in the popular Ogbese market in the Ondo community have been razed to ashes at midnight even as the clash has been said to have degenerated into a full-blown crisis by Wednesday morning.
As at the time of filing this report, it is unclear what transpired between the two groups of settlers but it was learnt that palpable tension was permeating the community.
When contacted, the Ondo state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed that eight shops were razed down in a report she got but refuted the report of the crisis.
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She said, “There is no clash between Hausa and Fulani people in Ogbese, the police got a report that about eight shops were razed by fire at midnight with accusing fingers being pointed at a particular extraction.”
Meanwhile, fifteen persons have been confirmed dead and five others seriously injured in an auto crash that occurred in Kogi State.
The crash occurred at Koton-Karfe along Lokoja-Abuja highway around 7.30am on Tuesday.
Stephen Dawulung, Kogi Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Sector Commander, while confirming the incident to newsmen, said the collision was between a J-5 Boxer Bus and a Petroleum Tanker.
He said that the 5 injured persons were rushed to Ideal Hospital at Koton-Karfe while corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the Morgue of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.
Dawulung explained the bus driver violated traffic rules by driving against traffic while heading to Abuja from Lokoja.