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Ibadan carnival claimed two lives and women raped

The carnival held at Agbeni/Agbaje in Ibadan Oyo state has come and gone, leaving behind sad ends.

A correspondent from the area said that the carnival turned bloody when some youths clashed during the carnival and that left two unidentified youths dead as a result. The Ibadan carnival which started peacefully around 11pm on Friday later turned rowdy when some youths started making troubles in the area.

According to eyewitness, over 20 shops were vandalized in the area while hoodlums had a free day looting people's belongings. The violence which lasted over an hour also affected other streets in the area.

A source who pleaded anonymity described what happened, he said " The carnival started peacefully till around 11pm, when the gun-wielding youths started shooting sporadically into the air, making everybody to scamper to safety. There was another rival group that came to confront the youths at the carnival and that was how the problem started"

Another resident in the area said that the violence was as a result of misunderstanding between two groups that were supporting different political parties.

The news also has it that over 40 women were also raped and many vehicles burnt

Narrating the incident, he said, "Some weeks ago, a politician in the area organized a political rally and the youths from Foko who are mostly from another party came to the rally and were attacked by the politicians boys. Three boys sustained injury, and with what happened today, I believe this is a retaliation. Two boys were killed, while some were also injured and they have been taken to an undisclosed hospital by the police. A landlord, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, said the area was no longer safe.

He urged the police authorities to station an armored tank in the area. He said, "Violence has become common in Agbaje area whenever election is fast approaching and these hoodlums are known by all but they seem to be above the law‎.

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