Gang wars among hoodlums and cultists have heightened in Ibadan the Oyo State capital after are some hoodlums have started gathering for reorisal attacks over arrest of their members.
The thugs had earlier attacked policemen at Mapo Police Station on Thursday for arresting two suspected thugs alleged to have been the brains behind the recent violence in some area in Ibadan.
Although they succeeded in releasing the two persons from the cell, two persons among them died after being shot by the police.
It will be recalled that some areas in Ibadan have witnessed constant attacks from hoodlums, who frequently engaged in gang wars and other violent activities.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Command has debunked reports that said over 200 houses razed, 29 vehicles burnt in midnight attack that happened at Odo-Osun/Ita bale/Aderogba areas of the state.
Olugbenga Fadeyi, Police Public Relation Officer, Oyo State in a statement issued on Friday explained that the hoodlums from the areas came out at the early hours of Friday in their usual manner with dangerous weapons to loot shops and set up a bonfire.
“A house and about two shops were looted. The swift response of Police patrol teams doused tension and the hoodlums were dislodged.
“Routine patrols were intensified to forestall further attacks and lootings. Sequel to this, at about 2015 hrs, the hoodlums from Aderogba area came out again attempted to vandalize and loot shops at Beyeruka/Ogbori Efon areas. Police patrol teams and that of Amotekun were drafted to the area.
“During hot chase by the teams, a cut-to-size dane gun was recovered from one of the hoodlums while bonfires set up were put out. The hoodlums thereafter fled the scene.
“Constant routine patrols have been intensified in those areas and normally restored. The Police are on the trail of these hoodlums to get them arrested and carry out prosecution accordingly,” he added.