By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The bloody clash between two factions of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Ibadan on Thursday claimed its first casually as one of the seven members of the congress that sustained injuries during the clash died early Fiday.
Already, two suspects are now in police net in connection with the bloody clash as the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr Abiodun Odude has directed the Police homicide department to take over the case.
New Nigerian gathered that the deceased OPC member identified as Lekan Adebayo who was reportexly shot in the head during the Thursday clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan venue of the Yoruba summit died in the early hours of Friday at a private hospital located within the city.
It was learnt that the deceased, was a member of the Otunba Gani Adams led faction of the OPC.
Sources close to the OPC said two other members of the Otunba Adams faction were also shot in the hand and leg respectively during the Ibadan mayhem.
The Public Relations Officer of the New Era faction of OPC, Comrade Adesina Akinpelu also left with severe injuries during the attack was said to be on admission at the emergency unit of the Oyo state police command hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Speaking with newsmen on the bloody clash, the Secretary of the Oyo state chapter of the Gani Adams led OPC faction, Comrade Akinjide Julius, who confirmed Lekan’s death, revealed that five other members of the faction were in critical conditions in the hospital.
Comrade Akinjide stressed that there was no basis for the other OPC faction to reportedly launched the attack on the Gani Adams faction of OPC at an programme organized to champion the cause of the Yoruba nation with prominent sons and daughters in the race in attendance.
He maintained that the aim and objective of the OPC is to promote and protect the interests of the yoruba race and that was the reason Otunba Adams and his supporters attended the Ibadan Yoruba summit en masse.
Comrade Akinjide disclosed that if not for the quick intervention of the police and other security agencies, the situation would have even be more precarious than what happened at the event, stating that there was no basis for
unscrupulous elements to under whatever gain to disturb the peace that has been reigning in the state since the inception of Governor Abiola Ajimoi led administration.
He, then tasked the police to fish out of the perpetrators of the Thursday bloody clash because they should not be above the law.
But the National President of the New Era faction of OPC, Comrade Rasak Arogundade on his part alleged that the Otunba Adams faction stormed the Yoruba summit “with a killer squad, “
While blaming organizers of the Yoruba summit for the Thursday’s ugly incidence, Comrade Arogundade declared that from the onset, Otunba Adams and his faction of the OPC were not part of the planning of the programme, adding that it was on the day of the event that he (Adams) mobilized his supporters to the venue on the claim that Yoruba leaders would approve him as the new Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland during the event.
The New Era OPC National President stressed that instead of the organizers of the summit to acknowledge the presence of all OPC factions that attended the event, only Otunba Adams was given preferential treatment by Otunba Yinka Odumakin, the secretary of the organizing committee.
Comrade Arogundade said it took the intervention of other prominent Yoruba leaders before another OPC factional, Dare Adesope, was allowed to make a brief comment, a situation which did not go down well with Adams.adding that this did not however go down well with the Otunba Adams faction, saying it took the intervention of God and timely intervention of gallant men of the Nigerian police led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Mokola police station, to rescue Comrade Akinpelu, who was already grasping for breath during the attack on him by the Otunba Adams faction of OPC.
Contacted. the Oyo state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the death of one of the victims of the clash and that two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the clash.
The PPRO disclosed that the state Police Commissioner, CP ABIODUN Odude has directed the homicide department of the command to take over further investigations into the bloody clash.