No fewer than three people were killed during a clash between members of the Park Management System (PMS) and suspected thugs, known as Isota boys, in Ali Iwo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday.
Many people were said to have been injured while several vehicles were also damaged as people scampered for safety during the incident.
However, there are different accounts of the the incident.
According to a source, trouble started when members of the PMS while returning from Challenge area of the metropolis where the governor had gone to commission a bus terminal started shooting into the air.Stray bullets reportedly hit some yet-to-be-identified youths in the area.
Another source, however, said members of the PMS led by the chairman of the disciplinary committee, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as Auxiliary, were attacked by the Isota boys, who were allegedly on a mission to assasinate him.
Also, another source said two groups known as Isota Boys and Were Boys were the ones attacking passers-by, especially people wearing cloth with Governor Seyi Makinde or PMS insignia.
The source added that many supporters of the governor who were returning from the commissioning of the bus terminal fell victim of the attack.
The situation was said to have degenerated into a gun duel between the fighting grouos, with sporadic gunshots rending the air.
In an audio message received from one of the sources, the leader of the Were Boys could be heard threatening to deal with Auxiliary should he appear anywhere within the city on Wednesday.
According to reports, two suspects have been arrested over the incident.
The Oyo State Police Command spokesperson could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.