There was pandemonium in the Ibafo axis of Ogun State on Tuesday as soldiers and suspected cultists clashed.
The punch understood that a soldier had been killed during the confrontation.
Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident to The punch.
When our correspondent arrived in the area around 7 p.m., the always busy Ibafo market and bus stop were deserted.
Due to the panic created by the clash, utility vehicles also failed to disembark passengers at the Ibafo bus stop.
The punch learned the fight began when internet scammers clashed in the area over an issue yet to be determined.
As one of the fraudsters invited cultists to defend him, the other allegedly called for soldiers.
“First the cultists came and later the soldiers arrived in a private car. The cultists stoned the soldiers and in the process someone was shot,” an eyewitness said.
Another shopkeeper confirmed that one of the soldiers shot his colleague as he tried to disperse the cultists.
“We all fled when the soldiers’ patrol vehicle arrived. We thought they were coming to attack us,” the trader added.
Contacted by telephone, Oyeyemi explained that calm had returned to the region.
He denied reports that Hausa traders stabbed a soldier to death in the area, noting that the shot soldier was immediately taken to hospital.
However, Oyeyemi could not determine if the downed soldier survived.
He said: “There was a crisis between Yahoo Boys. One went for cultists and the other would have invited soldiers to defend him. One soldier was shot dead and rushed to hospital.
“Nobody reported the case to the police station. The soldiers would have first come in their private car before a patrol team arrived and then left.
“Police have visited the area and all is calm as we speak.”
It comes four days after two people were killed in a crisis that erupted in the Mowe-Ofada area of Ogun State.
The punch gathered that the violence in Ogun State started late last Thursday and snowballed into Friday morning.
He said the violence was caused by a clash between two rival groups.
Oyeyemi said: “It’s a fight between two rival groups. One of the cultists was killed yesterday (Thursday) but the situation was brought under control.
“We have arrested a suspect in connection with the violence.”
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that many traders were afraid to open their stores.
One, Titi, said: “A body was found in the Mowe area on Friday morning. We are cautious. Many of us haven’t opened our stores yet. It’s rare everywhere.
Another trader from Mowe said: “The boys are fighting. The police came to send them back but we didn’t start selling. It’s rare everywhere.
“They started the fight last night and continued this morning. Two people were killed at the Adesan and Onibode crossroads.
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