Stories by Ahmed Ajikobi
Several persons were last Wednesday injured following a fracas that broke out in Sango area of Ilorin, Kwara State.
The clash, which was between commercial motorcyclists and residents caused palpable tension in the community on the fateful day.
Pilot Crime gathered that the warring parties deployed dangerous weapons to fight, which made passersby to scamper for safety while those caught in the crossfire were injured.
It was learnt that fight broke out when commercial motorcyclists accused two residents of the community of motorcycle theft.
Narrating the incident, a resident, Lukman Yahaya said, “Two residents boarded a commercial motorcycle from Sango to Akerebiata area.
“After some hours, a vulcaniser was brought to Sango by some people, including commercial motorcyclists, who alleged that the man conspired with two residents of the area to rob an Okada man of his motorcycle.
“They explained that the victim said that one of his passengers alighted somewhere around Akerebiata on the pretext of collecting something and handed a bag to the vulcaniser before going off through a narrow path, while the other passenger remained seated on the motorcycle.
“The motorcyclist decided to ease himself in an uncompleted building too. But when he came back, his motorcycle and the two passengers were nowhere to be found.
“He enquired the where about of the passengers from the vulcaniser, who claimed not to know any of them including the one that gave him a bag,” he narrated further.
The baffled, Okada man was said to have raised alarm which attracted people in the vicinity and other commercial motorcyclists to the scene.
It was further learnt that when the vulcaniser insisted on his innocence, the motorcyclists descended on him and beat him blue and black before he was rescued by a police patrol team.
“Thereafter, the commercial motorcyclists went to reinforce to attack residents of Sango and this led to a free for all where dangerous weapons were used to inflict injury on passerby.
“Policemen from Kulende came to save the situation. Those seriously wounded where taken to hospitals.
The source recounted that the following day, the motorcyclists and Hausa people in the community demanded that the two passengers who boarded the stolen motorcycle be produced.
This, it was learnt, almost led to another round of clash, which was however averted by the police who used tear gas to disperse them.
When contacted on the matter, the state police spokesperson, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi said the matter is undergoing investigation “Yes we are investigating the matter”.