It’s a yellow card for troublemakers in Oyo State. Last Sunday, suspected political thugs attacked a political rally organized by Accord House of Representatives and State Assembly candidates, Gbenga Adewusi and Hon. Ige, at Odinjo Area of Ibadan. Armed with guns and other dangerous weapons, the hoodlums opened fire on the people at the political gathering.
Two persons died on the spot, about 16 others sustained serious injuries while two of those taken to the hospital later died from their wounds. However, the thugs did not send themselves on such an errand. They were sponsored ostensibly by some political actors in the state. Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had known peace since 2011 when Governor Abiola Ajimobi took charge.
That peace cannot be smashed now through the activities of political thugs. The state’s police command has risen to the occasion with the arrest of not less than eight persons. During a meeting with representatives of political parties, the new Commissioner of Police Mohammed Katsina read the riot act to all trouble makers and also promised to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly crime to justice.
The police must, however, do everything possible to unmask the sponsors of the March 1 attack on Accord members and make them face the full wrath of the law so as to serve as deterrent to others.
The law enforcement agents should also investigate those behind the recent wave of violence in the state in the last four months. Oyo State must not be allowed to descend into a state of lawlessness again.