At least four persons who was said
to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday evening lost
their lives, while several others suffered varying degree of injuries during a
bloody clash among members of the party in Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West
Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The clash occurred after a meeting
held at the party’s secretariat between two factions of the party in the town.
Coincidentally, the clash occurred
on a day the people of the town were organizing a civic reception for the
former governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who hails from the town.
Urban Express News Online gathered
that people suspected to be cultists hijacked the meeting and caused trouble
which eventually led to killing and maiming of people.
It was gathered that the four
deceased persons were suspected members of different cult groups who allegedly
started the crisis.
Urban News Online learnt that the
decision of some party members at the meeting to prevent the return of some
former members of the party who earlier defected to the Alliance for Democracy
(AD), to its fold, reportedly led to the confrontation.
The clash was said to have started
at the APC secretariat located at Yaba Street in Ondo town and spread to
different locations in the town, while corpses of the deceased were found at
Odojomu street of the town.
Some residents of the street said
one of the deceased whose corpse was found on the road wore APC ankara uniform
which was used at the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
When contacted, the State Police
Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident, saying
that the command has commenced investigations on the matter.
He said: “It was a clear cult
clash. The deceased were members of cult groups. We have begun investigations
on the incident.”
Joseph also disclosed that the
command had arrested two people in connection with the incident, adding that
the suspects were still under interrogation to know their level of involvement
in the matter.