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Two shot as traders and policemen clash in Oyo

15 June 2012, 16:56

Oyo - Two persons sustained gun shot injuries while the Bodija Police Station was set ablaze on Friday following  a clash between the police and  some members of the Hausa community.

Some irate members of the Hausa community were protesting the alleged killing of one of their members by a police man attached to the Bodija Police Station.

The state Commissioner of Police, Tambuwa Muhammed, who confirmed the incident, told newsmen   that one person was killed  while  six suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.

Muhammed said the incident  started on Thursday night when two members of the Hausa community  engaged in a scuffle  over a woman.

He said one of  them  was stabbed in the scuffle , adding that `` the suspect was said to have ran away  while on Thursday morning  he was arrested.’’

The commissioner said  some members of the community, who were armed with dangerous weapons and charms,   came to the station on Friday  morning  and  insisted  that the suspect should be released to them.

He said that their  request was  turned down  by the policemen on duty who  suggested that the suspect be left for interrogation.

"It was at point that one of the Hausa men brought out his sword to stab one of the policemen in the hand.

"The second policeman on duty, in self defence,  shot and killed one of them.

"This action was said to have drawn  the ire of members of the Hausa community in the area  as they attacked the policemen and burnt the police station and set ablaze some of the shops, "Muhammed said.

Mr John Onome, the Chairman of  the Police Public Relations Committee, however, appealed to Muhammed  to retain policemen within  the market.

"We have a large hall that can be used for a police station pending when the building would be rebuilt," Onome said.

NAN reports that  the clash crippled commercial activities at  the market  renown as one the biggest food stuff markets in the South West Zone.

NAN, however, sighted a detachment  of the joint security patrol  team as well as regular and mobile policemen  keeping vigil at the market.



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