By Bamidele Moses
There was a palpable tension in Ikire, the headquarter of Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State following bloody clash which ensued between some members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and members of notorious hoodlums led by one Oriade.
As at the time of filling this report, details of the cause of disagreement was sketches as the face off started on Tuesday after a short disagreement between the warring parts.
The clash grounded both social and economic activities in the community as banks; shops and filing stations around Naira and Kobo junction down to Oja Ale were all shut down.
Mindful of the implications of sporadic crossfire at the junction, students in Ikire campus of the Osun State University and tens of other indigenes who reside close to the unsettled area took to their heels amidst fear and uncertainty.
Members of the rivalry groups were armed with guns, cutlasses, axes, charms and several other harmful devices. They chased each other and series of serious injuries were recorded in each camp.
The Heartbeat reporter who was at the scene heard members of the OPC saying “Oriade na today you go die” while Oriade boys too were heard threatening to crucify the OPC men.
Meanwhile, no fewer than five men of the Nigerian Police Force narrowly escaped death while struggling to douse the tension as the armour carrier conveying them to the scene rammed into an electric pole and almost wreck havoc near a restaurant in the town.
In spite of the presence of the police, some daring OPC members marched freely on the streets with guns. In the same manner, their counterpart too rode on motorcycles with arms. As a result of this development, students of the university have been advised to vacate the crisis centres and stay clear of the lingering trouble.