One Shot Dead, Two Seriously Injured, as Supporters of Ogoga, Olukere Clash in Ekiti State
The annual new yam festival, popularly known as Odun Oba in Ikere-Ekiti, Ikere Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Thursday turned into a fight with a commercial motorcyclist reportedly killed.
Two other persons were seriously injured through gunshots during the violent clash.
The two kings have been fighting each-other over supremacy battle and step taken to reduce the status of Olukere to a mere chief priest to deny him recognition as an Oba.
According to Daily Post, it was gathered that the incident happened around the popular roundabout close to Olukere’s palace around 6pm.
An eye witness said: “The Ogoga, Oba Adu, was preparing for the annual Odun Oba and part of the rituals was for his people to dance around town to perform some rituals.
“As they were doing this, the traditional hunters were shooting sporadically and the bullet hit an okada man and two others who belonged to Olukere’s camp and that was the beginning of the crisis”.
Confirming the incident, the Police public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, said one okada man died as a result of gunshot during the traditional dancing process while one person was wounded.
“We learnt one of the supporters of the two camps was performing traditional dance in the town and the hunters were firing shots with their dane guns when one okada man was hit by bullets and died.
“One other man was also wounded and now receiving treatment in the hospital.”
Ikechukwu said the crisis had been quelled while his men are already on ground to prevent further escalation of the bedlam.