As normality returns to the Kara market area in Ajase Ipo in Kwara State’s Irepodun Local Government Area following a security breach that claimed four lives on Friday, Fulani residents of the area have appealed to the state government, as well as law enforcement agencies in the area. state, to bring the perpetrators of the crisis to justice.

It is recalled that members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in a convoy of about 20 vehicles, believed to be from Osogbo, Osun State, drove through Kara Market where a cow led by the handler on the road , the side mirror of one of the OPC vehicles broke, resulting in an argument that eventually escalated into a firefight by both the OPC members and the cow dealers in the market.

The state police command later confirmed that four people were killed when the groups used rifles and dangerous weapons in the crisis.

Speaking to Tribune Online in Ajase Ipo on Saturday, the son of the Sarkin Fulani in the area, Abdulahi Idris, claimed that the four victims of the clash were his people.

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He said police should seek out those who were behind the murder for prosecution in a court of law.

Meanwhile, the state police command had yet to respond to questions about whether any arrests had been made, as attempts to get the PPRO to speak on the matter were futile.

In a statement from Kwara State Police Command late Friday night, it is letting the people of the state, especially those crossing the Ilorin-Ajase Ipo-Offa road, know that normality has been restored and the road is clear of any barrier that has arisen as a result. of the collision.

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“Information received by the headquarters of the Ajase-Ipo Divisional Police said that some OPC members in a convoy of about twenty vehicles believed to be from Oshogbo, Osun State, were passing through the Kara market. where a cow was led across the road. his handler broke the side mirror of one of the OPC vehicles, resulting in an argument that eventually escalated into a gunfight between both the OPC members and the cow dealers in the market. Four lifeless bodies of unknown persons were recovered at the scene.

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“The immediate deployment of police detachments and teams of conventional police officers on the scene by the Police Commissioner, Kwara State Police Command, CP Tuesday Assayomo psc has prevented the escalation and killing of more people.

“Meanwhile, the four unidentified dead bodies have been evacuated from the crime scene and deposited in the UITH morgue; the injured were taken to the hospital in Ajase-Ipo for medical treatment; and police officers have been stationed on the scene to prevent further disturbance of public order.

“The Ajase Ipo Offa road is now free for goods and services traffic. Therefore, any person who still goes there to cause lawlessness would be arrested and brought to trial.

“The CP therefore advises that law-abiding citizens in the area and commuters should conduct their legal business without fear of attack or intimidation.”

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