The quick intervention of the combined team of security agents saved the day at Adamasingba stadium, Ibadan, venue of the Yoruba Leaders Summit as factional members of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, engaged each other in gun duel.
Eyewitnesses told insideoyo.com that trouble started when men of the Gani Adams’ faction allegedly descended on members of a breakaway group led by one Adesina Akinpelu, injuring many people in the process.
It was gathered that Akinpelu and Adams had been locked in supremacy battle, for long.
Akinpelu, it was further learnt, led some members out of the OPC to form a parallel group called OPC (New Era). He was said to be plotting the removal of Adams as the the coordinator of the militant group.
He was however unlucky yesterday as he received many cuts in his body. Unconfirmed reports said he was attacked and shot severally while exiting the venue. Many of his boys and innocent people were injured in the ensuing fracas.
Adams, it was alleged, had ordered his men to ‘deal’ with Akinpelu.
Recounting his experience, Akinpelu, who is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said he was attacked while waiting to ‘demobilise’ his men, who had come for the summit, This is just as he alleged Adams’ men of stealing the sum of N430,000 from him when he was attacked
Alleging that his attackers were led by the duo of ‘Top Terror’ and Sunday Babalola, he said he would have been killed if not for the timely intervention of men of the Nigeria Police Force.
Hear him: “They had destroyed some of our vehicles and as I was examining the damage, I saw Sunday Babalola pointing at my direction and his boys descended on me”
“They had to use other dangerous weapons on men after the the shots they fired could not penetrate,” he said.