Jebba: 1 dies as tra­di­tional lead­er­ship ri­valry turns vi­o­lent

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

Cri­sis broke out in Jebba, Moro lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Kwara State yes­ter­day, over a tra­di­tional lead­er­ship cri­sis which claimed one life while three other per­sons were wounded by gun­shots.

The de­ceased was iden­ti­fied fa­mously as Pas­tor.

Eye­wit­nesses claimed that the dis­pute was a re­newal of an age-long dis­agree­ment be­tween fac­tions loyal to the tra­di­tional ruler of the town, Oba Ab­dulka­dir Alabi Ade­bara, and mem­bers of an op­pos­ing camp sim­ply iden­ti­fied as Okedares.

It was gath­ered that pan­de­mo­nium broke out mo­ments af­ter the Eid el Fi­tiri prayers when some in­di­genes be­lieved to be­long to the Okedare group al­legedly be­gan mak­ing some sin­is­ter dis­plays at the front of Ade­bara’s palace.

As ef­forts to stop the dis­play were al­legedly re­buffed, it was gath­ered that one pop­u­lar man in the town iden­ti­fied as Baale Oso­gun, also de­cided to stage his own ver­sion of dis­play at the same venue.

Irked by the de­vel­op­ments, some loy­al­ists of the monarch were said to have at­tempted dis­pers­ing the crowd al­legedly by force, lead­ing to se­ri­ous vi­o­lent re­sis­tance.

One of the eye­wit­nesses said, “It was just as this mo­ment that we started hear­ing the sounds of gun­shots at Oke-Oja where the palace is sited. The shots felled three peo­ple who were promptly rushed to a nearby hospi­tal. One of them died mo­ments later. He was one man we call Pas­tor. The other two are in crit­i­cal con­di­tions. Be­sides, a ve­hi­cle and a mo­tor­cy­cle at the scene were burnt be­yond recognition.”

Although spokesman for the state’s po­lice com­mand ASP Ajayi Okasanmi said he was yet to be of­fi­cially briefed on the in­ci­dence, he con­firmed that po­lice­men from Bode Sa’adu, head­quar­ters of the LGA, had been drafted to the town to douse fur­ther ten­sion.

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