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Two dies, scores injure during cultists, hemp dealers clashes in Osun

By News Desk

No fewer than two persons have been reported dead and scores of others sustained varying degrees of injuries when youths suspected to be members of a cult group clashed with a group of hemp dealers in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

As gathered, crises started at Ode Oga Junction in Oke Baale Area, Osogbo when some suspected cultist abducted a man simply identified as Kokoro, said to be selling Indian hemp.

It was learnt that Kokoro, who had to have renounced his membership in cultism, was held by his former members that were unhappy with many members in the state.

Members of the group were said to have launched a search for Kokoro after he renounced his membership, but could not get him, until Friday when they saw him on a motorcycle.

“Members of his erstwhile group saw him (Kokoro) on okada at Ode Oga, they abducted him. When news of his abduction reached his own group that usually stays around Ita Akogun, Osogbo, they mobilised and stormed where he was being held.

“The two groups engaged in a serious fight. There was an exchange of gunshots. Police also intervened. But two people lost their lives. The fight later spread to Isale Aro, Gbaemu area of Osogbo where two passersby were hit by bullets. They were injured and taken to hospital,” a resident of Ode Oga, who pleaded anonymity said.

The spokesperson, Osun Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed that two persons lost their lives during the incident, adding that the hoodlums involved also exchange gunshots with the police.

According to her, they even attacked operatives. Normalcy has returned to the affected areas,” Opalola said.

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