One killed, several injured as chieftaincy tussle tears Ekiti town apart
A chieftaincy tussle that engulfed Igogo town in Ekiti state
in the outgoing week has reportedly claimed life of a resident, with several
others sustaining various degrees of injury.
This was when news filtered into town that one of the
persons contesting to become the Asaba chieftancy title holder of the town had
been allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons.
It was learnt that the kidnapped contestant was the most
popular among the two men said to be eyeing the Asaba chieftancy title,while he
equally enjoyed the support and backing of most of the residents, who preferred
him to the second person, allegedly being propelled by the traditional ruler of
the town, Oba Sunday Adebomi.
A resident, Sola Akande said that the crisis snowballed into
major violence when it became known that the town’s traditional ruler had made
up his mind to forcefully impose the unpopular candidate on the town.
The disturbance was said to have aggravated beyond control
when soldiers and men of the Nigeria Police mobile force, attached to the state
crime control unit, code-named “Operation Flush” were drafted to bring the
situation to normalcy.
It was learnt that on sighting the armed officials, the
residents, rather than fleeing for cover, reportedly confronted them and even
chased some of them into the bush, using all manner of dangerous items
including charms while some were wounded.
A security source said the drafted men did not want to apply
maximum force on the erring residents because of an earlier appeal to them by
government to thread softly and handle the crisis professionally.
As of the time of filling these reports, normalcy had begun
to return to the town, soon after security men reinforced and took control of
When contacted, the police Public Relations Officer, Alberto
Adeyemi though confirmed the clash, declined knowledge of any death.
He said a Deputy Commissioner of Police led the team of
security men that eventually returned peace to the area.