No fewer than three people were feared dead in Ile Ife and its environs when supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged themselves over election matters.
It was gathered that the violence that erupted yesterday was a spillover of the hostility generated by the conduct of Saturday’s House of Assembly elections in the state.
Sources revealed that dangerous weapons such as guns, cutlasses, knives, charms among others were freely used by the fighters, while innocent citizens of the town ran for cover.
Although the identities of the deceased could not be confirmed at the time of filing this report, residents of Gbodo Area in Ile Ife informed Leadership that two people were killed in the area during the fracas.
It was gathered that the two victims of the Gbodo clash were siblings of a notable politician whose house was also razed during the crisis.
Though the hostility between the two parties manifested with attacks on some people on Friday, Saturday evening’s violence resurfaced in some areas in the town when suspected political thugs clashed at Ayetoro, Otutu, Gbodo, Ita-akogun areas and engaged in a gun duel for several hours.
“After the clash in Ayetoro here, a lifeless body was seen near the road leading out of this neighbourhood, but we were all too scared to come out. Many people were also injured and properties were damaged”, a resident said in a telephone chat.
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