Thursday 5 January 2023

How New Year Carnival Turns Bloody in Ikare-Akoko


Crisis have rocked a community in Ondo State during a carnival which turned bloody due to a long standing rivaly between two monarchs.

The unfortunate incident happened in the ancient community of Ikare-Akoko, Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

Youths from the Olukare side were allegedly denied access to the free-for-all carnival by youths from the Iyometa neighbourhood, a move which forced the Olukare youths to react by disrupting the carnival.

During the bloody fracas, about six youths were said to have been seriously injured.

The youths allegedly engaged themselves with gunfire which forced residents to scamper for safety.

A source stated that many shops had to be closed down due to the incident

According to sources, ”When the Olukare youths wanted to use the place for the carnival on Tuesday, the Owa Ale people stopped them and there was crisis. The shooting was much that the town became deserted.

“This morning (Wednesday) the youths mobilised for another attack and the shootings continue. Many shops have been closed down but the police have intervened.”

Confirming the incident, Ondo Police spokesman, Funmilayo Odunlami, said the police have been able to calm the situation and return normalcy to the area.

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