About ten persons were reportedly injured in a fresh bloody clash among some hoodlums at Sasa, area of Ojoo, Ibadan in the early hours of Friday, leaving many properties looted, and destroyed.
According to an eyewitness, trouble started when some house owners attempted to prevent some scavengers from picking scraps from their area, leading to free for all fight.
The hoodlums who were said to have regrouped on Friday to avenge unleashed mayhem on the residents and shop owners, causing the violence to spread rapidly to other areas of Ojoo.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu and his Deputy, in charge of Operations, Mr. Kehinde Alonge hurriedly paid situation assessment visit to the troubled spot Friday.
A Statement entitled: “False alarm on alleged conflict between Huasas and Yorubas at Sasa Market, Ojoo, Ibadan” by the Oyo state Police Command, the Commissioner of Police who confirmed that nine persons were seriously injured in the violent disturbance debunked the rumour that the conflict was between the Hausas and Yorubas in the affected area.
He assured that peace and normalcy had been restored in the area, and urged members of the public to disregard the rumour that there was fight between the two ethnic groups.
Describing the rumour mongers as uninformed, misguided mischief makers, the state police chief said that three persons had been arrested and charged to court when the incident first occurred two days ago, before the social miscreants went to regroup overnight for another attack on the market, which subsequently escalated on Friday.
The Commissioner of Police, therefore seized the opportunity to warn social miscreants, and mischief makers who were bent on causing mayhem in the state to have a rethink before the long arm of the law catches up with them.