Chaos erupted Wednesday evening in Ibadan, when a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and two other people were said to have been feared dead in Adekile Goodwill area of the metropolis.
The situation occurred after a fracas broke out in the community following the discovery of a kidnappers’ den in the area.
It was gathered that a child, who got missing in the community several days ago, was found in the underground apartment of the house.
The police was said to have been alerted on the development, which led to the arrest of the owner of the building.
The incident reportedly angered the youths in the community and they mobilised to destroy the building.
But the police was said to have prevented the irate youths from their mission.
This, as gathered, further infuriated the youths and the resorted to stoning the policemen and allegedly fired gunshots at the police.
Fragile peace was said to be pervading the community as at the time of filing this report Thursday.
An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said: “The angry youths were many but the policemen were very few. I learnt that the mob killed a policeman. The police also killed two among the youths as a result of the alleged assault on them.”
Men of the Nigerian Army were said to have been drafted to the community to protect lives and property. The irate youths allegedly attacked the soldiers before they were dispersed with teargas canisters.
A visit to the area on Thursday revealed that the residents are still in shocking and are still panicking. Shops and stalls in the area were also closed.
In a telephone interview with the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed that some arrest has been made by the command as regard the incident.
He said:”I am not entitled to talk yet about the situation. The commissioner will brief the press as at when due, because any information released now may jeopardise the investigation.”