BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Pandemonium broke out on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Egbatedo area of Osogbo, capital of Osun state when two rival gangs of thugs clashed leaving scores critically injured.
The bloody clash was said to have started around 11:00am and lasted about two hours.
It was gathered that a notorious gang of thugs at Itakogun area of Osogbo while wielding assorted guns, cutlasses, axe, clubs and other dangerous weapons stormed Egbatedo street and started attacking the thugs in the area.
Our correspondent learnt that the dare-devil thugs did not spare residents of the area as they macheted and clubbed everyone on sight.
The angry Itakogun thugs, it was further gathered, severely vandalised some vehicles parked along the Egbatedo road as the confused residents of the area fled while some hurried locked themselves up in their houses.
Our correspondent who visited the area sighted about 15 vandalised vehicles while the area was desolated as at 3:30pm.
While some residents of the area including some notable thugs were seen in groups discussing the ugly attack, other residents were yet to open their doors for fear of being attacked.
A branch of the Skye Bank located in Fagbewesa area, which is a stone throw to Egbatedo hurriedly closed. As at 3:00pm when our correspondent visited the bank, customers were yet to be allowed neither transact in the banking hall or use the Automated Teller Machine.
Other shop owners in the area hurriedly shut down while motorcycle riders and commercial bus drivers seized from plying the area.
It was also learnt that while the thugs were busy unleashing havoc on their counterparts, some of them were said to have seized the incident to rob traders of their money, commodities and other valuables.
Explaining the suspected cause of the sudden attack to our correspondent, a trader in the area who claimed a sum of N25,000 was stolen from her said Egbatedo thugs had few weeks earlier attacked the rival Itakogun thugs before the latter retaliated.
She said: “I was in my shop when I suddenly here people screaming and running towards different directions. I never bothered to ask anyone what was the cause of the confusion before I took my child and ran inside the house.”
“I had left my purse containing the sum of N25,000 and some vouchers in the shop. After about two hours, I left my hiding place to my shop. To my rude shock, my shop has been scattered and I could not find my money again,” she added.
Also speaking to our correspondent, a suspected thug in the area who was smoking india hemp said he sustained injury after the thugs smashed a bottle on his leg.
According to him, the thugs, while on motorcycles were shooting sporadically as they challenged residents to come out and face them.
He said he identified the leader of the thugs that wrecked havoc in the area saying his name is “Kokoro.”
A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Sunday, while lamenting the damage done to his Nissan car said he had parked the car for sale since two weeks ago.
“I just parked this car here two weeks ago. I want to sell it and use the money to buy motorcycle to do Okada business. When these thugs came, instead of facing their fellow thugs, they vandalised my car. Now, I don’t know what to do again because this car is my only hope of surviving,” Sunday lamented.
But some residents of Egbatedo area have accused some Policemen from Dugbe Police station of leading he thugs to attack them.
According to them, some gun-wielding policemen were behind the thugs while they attack people and vandalise vehicles with impunity.
They also alleged that about five residents of the Egbatedo area were taken to unknown places by the thugs.
Our correspondent gathered that men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were later at the area but could not salvage the situation as the thugs had left the area before their arrival.
It was lernt that some thugs and other residents of the area who were brutally injured have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Osogbo.
To this end, residents of Egbatedo have been thrown into panic as some envisaged another attack from the Itakogun thugs.
When our correspondent contacted the Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Egbedele Ajibade on the telephone, he said he had not received any information on the clash.