Ethnic Clash In Ogun State Claim 7 Lives

Richard Ginika Izuora

Violence occurred between motorcycle operators of Hausa and Yoruba ethnic nationalities on Tuesday in Ogun State, claiming about seven lives.

The fight started between the riders and the unions, after increase in the ticket fee from N600 to N800 and subsequently turned bloody with seven people reportedly feared dead within minutes at Dangote Cement Factory junction in Ibese, Yewa North Local Government Area of the State.

Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, of the Command said, however, that he could not confirm the number of casualties at the moment.

Oyeyemi said, “The issue is currently under control. It was a minor struggle that had snowballed into a serious crisis.

“They said the unions increased their ticket fee from N600 to N800 and that was how the crisis started. But how it then turned into Hausa and Yoruba crisis is what I don’t know.

“But, we are on top of the matter. The situation has been brought under control. Our men are still there as we speak.”

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