Police in Ondo State on Thursday confirmed the killing of one person during a clash by suspected political thugs in Idanre, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was learnt that the brawl which was between royalists of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and members of the opposition party in the town, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), left scores injured.
Witnesses said that some political thugs suspected to be APC members vent their spleen when a young man, identified as Taiwo, adorned himself with a ZLP cap and ordered him to remove the cap.
The ZLP member was said to have queried the political thugs and refused to removed the cap, while the thugs swarmed and attacked him with a machete, according to Tribune.
The outlet said that Taiwo was said to have been left for the dead in the pool of his blood while some of his members and friends who tried to defend him were injured by the thugs who were allegedly led by one Agarawu who resides in the town.
“Taiwo was attacked severally by the thugs until he could not move again while those who attempted to rescue him were also injured.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Ondo State Command, Mr. Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to newsmen.
He alleged that one person was killed during the fracas between two rival political parties.
He said assured that policemen from the Command have restored normalcy in the town and assured that the long arm of the law will catch up with the perpetrators of the violence.
Speaking on the alleged attack and death of one of ZLP in Idanre, the Director-General of the Agboola Ajayi Campaign Organisation, Kola Ademujinmi, described the development as unfortunate, saying the APC thugs had been threatening other opposition parties in the town.
Ademujinmi warned the thugs against causing a crisis in the town saying the incident had been reported at the police station.
In his reaction to the allegations, the APC state Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaiye, said the party would not condone thuggery and distanced the party from the attack.
In the mean time, the Counsel to the PDP, Legal Komfort Associates, and signed by Leye Akintugbobo has petitioned the police.
He said the petition became necessary to serve as the security alert and for security operatives to take proactive measures ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state
The petitioners said hoodlums, “terrorized innocent law-abiding citizens both day and night even as they wielded in broad daylight dangerous weapons which include but not limited to well-sharpened cutlasses, sophisticated guns, cudgels, pick-axes etc thereby disrupting the relative peace hitherto enjoyed by Idanre Community.
The petitioners stressed that the hoodlums in question often hide under the power of incumbency to perpetrate obnoxious and nefarious crimes with impunity.
The body of the decease had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Alade Idanre.