Cop Killed, Palace Razed In Communal Clash


One policeman was killed and fifteen others seriously injured in a community clash  at Ganmo Muslim Prayer Ground in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State on  Tuesday.

The palace of the Olu of Ganmo, Oba Atanda Kolawole and some vehicles were damaged  in the fracas by irate youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the crisis started in the morning at  the Ganmo prayer ground over who should lead the prayer following an age-long  chieftaincy dispute.

Police spokesman, Mr. Ezekiel Dabo, said the command received a distress call from  the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Kolawole.

“The command mobilised its anti-riot policemen to restore peace, but suddenly, some  soldiers, numbering about eight, appeared and engaged the policemen in a gun battle.

“There was an accidental discharge that killed a policeman when one of the soldiers  tried to disarm him.”

He pointed out that one faction in the chieftaincy dispute had mobilised some youths  to prevent the other faction from leading them at the prayer, adding, “that was how  the crisis started.”

The police PRO confirmed that one of the soldiers has been arrested and assisting  the command in its investigation.

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He added that the situation has been brought under control with increased patrol  team and more policemen deployed to the town.

The son of the traditional ruler, Prince Isiaka, told NAN that they were returning  from the prayer ground when they were attacked by some hoodlums.

He said eight vehicles packed in the palace were damaged and three of them,  including the Nissan SUV belonging to the monarch was razed.

According to him, the chieftaincy dispute between the Olu of Ganmo, Oba Kolawole and  Okunoye family from Idi-Ape in Ilorin, has been going on for some time and is also  before the Supreme Court.

When NAN visited the town, the police were seen patrolling the town but social  activities were paralysed as people remained indoors.

Some of those injured have been taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital  (UITH) and some private hospitals.

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