Chaos erupted in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, on Saturday, with reports of hooligans carrying dangerous items invading the state’s Ilawo community and injuring some residents.
PUNCH Metro gathers gangsters to storm the neighborhood to attack residents as they attack the controversy over the inauguration of the new monarch of the Orile-Ilawo neighborhood.
Residents attacked Alake Palace (ruler of Alake of Alake and Commainount), Osile in Oke Ona, Ogun Governor’s Office, and other prominent locations in the state to protest McGregor’s choice to be Oba-elect in Ilawo, Ilawo’s Oba-elect process is described as an imposition.
However, according to statistics, many of the victimized residents were attacked by hooligans.
Different videos obtained by our reporters show no fewer than five people being macheted in the attack.
The videos showed how some of the victims were left in a pool of blood.
The injured victim is understood to be being treated at a private hospital near the community.
One of the chiefs, identified as Olaogun Banji, said he was attacked and nearly killed.
He said: “It was the head of the council who called me. I was about to get in the car when the hooligans attacked me. There were a lot of them and they said my attack was because I didn’t support McGregor to be Illavo’s next king.
“It was some residents in the area who helped me and I hid in their building for over three hours.
“I don’t support McGregor because he’s not from Orile-Ilawo and he doesn’t deserve the throne.
“After the attack, I wrote a petition and it was approved yesterday. The police were able to arrest some of the people who attacked me. The leader of the group is called Fatai Balogun.”
“It’s been a really bad day for the people of Ilawo as many residents were attacked. The injured are currently being treated in hospital.
“There was a row in Ilawo, but I don’t think a crisis like this would lead to gangsters attacking and slashing them like they did on Saturday. What a pity!”
Ogun state public relations officer Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident when contacted.
A number of arrests were made during the violence, Oyemi said.
However, he said the monarch had stepped in and secured the suspect’s release on bail.
He said, “The command has arrested some people. The monarch has stepped in.
“The monarch said the community had agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
“The suspect has been released on administrative bail.”