Palace Guard Shoots Policeman As Osun Residents Clash Over Land

On Friday, May 7, Corporal Akinsanya Akingbade, a policeman was gunned down as residents of Ile Ogbo and Iwo, in Osun State, clashed over boundary.

An eyewitness reported that the clashes happened around Oke Saaji area along Iwo/Ile Ogbo Road when some youths barricaded the road.

A local guard linked to the monarch allegedly shot Corporal Akingbade, a police man attacked to the Olu of lle Ogbo, Oba Abeeb Agbaje.

The clash which lasted for some hours before the police operatives visited the scene left many others injured.

Alli Ibraheem, Press Secretary to Oluwo of Iwo, told Saturday Newzandar that the monarch had already reached out to some stakeholders to make sure law and order is maintained in the area.

Ibraheem said, “Oluwo is after peace and presently, he is in a meeting with the Deputy Governor and the Commissioner of Police. Olu of Ile Ogbo is also attending the meeting.”

However, the President, Ile Ogbo Unity Forum, Mr. Anthony Owolabi, claimed that some residents barricaded Ile-Ogbo Road which aggravated the matter.

He said, “On Wednesday, Iwo people had destroyed an Ile-Ogbo signpost on the land and that of the state government close to it. The land was a subject of litigation up to the Supreme Court and the judgment was given in favour of Ile-Ogbo.

“The Area Commander in Iwo was with Olu of Ile-Ogbo before thugs from Iwo attempted to invade the town. They were on the verge of entering the town before they were repelled.

“We have our documents to support our claim, we gave same to the Area Commander and we requested that they bring their papers. But rather present it, they resort to using hoodlums bearing weapons to cause crisis.”

Spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, said the constable’s died after he was “accidentally cum negligently shot in the chest with the locally made pistol by one Waheed Adeleye of Baale Adeleye Compound, Ile-Ogbo.”

She added, “The victim gave up the ghost on the way to hospital. His corpse was deposited at the morgue of the State University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo for autopsy. The suspect, who is also a palace guard on duty with the deceased, had been arrested for further interrogation.”

Source: Newzandar

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