Two dead, several injured at APC rally in Oyo State


Two persons are the latest casualties in the violence that has characterised the run up to the forthcoming election 2019 across the country.

The deaths were recorded at the weekend during an All Progressives Congress campaign rally in Igboora area of Oyo State.

According to eyewitness, bloody clash erupted between suspected political hoodlums over supremacy after the rally held at the old motor park in Igboora on Saturday evening.

In the mayhem, two persons were killed including younger brother to a leader of our party, Olayide Abas.

Recall that it was in the wake of political violence that Kwara State government banned street campaigns and rallies in the state.

“As you are aware, political campaigns have commenced ahead of the general elections. In keeping with the tradition in our state, these campaigns were expected to be robust but peaceful.

“Unfortunately, what we have witnessed instead is an increasing resort to criminality as a result of heightened political activities, with a consequent threat to law and order.

“Let me make it clear: We will not let our state slide back to the dark era of fear and violence. No individual, group or political party will be allowed to disrupt the harmony that defines us as a people.  In this regard, let there no doubt that the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on perpetrators of the violence we have witnessed,” the state governor had said while announcing the ban.

Violence has been a feature of Kwara politics. It reached a height in 2003 during which scores were killed leading to arrest of several suspects who later had their days in court with some later freed.

It is believed that one Mr. Jamiu Adebisi snitched on the perpetrators and has been on the run ever since.


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