By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A 60-year-old woman plantain seller by the roadside popularly known as Iya Oluso was killed by a stray bullet during a bloody clash between two rival cult groups in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday.
It was learnt that the two rival cult groups were engaged in a face-off arising from superiority claims at Ilupeju, Idi-Arere, Kudeti area of Ibadan.
The woman was said to have died as a result of complications arising from the gunshot fired at her by a member of the cult groups.
It was learnt that the clash was a result of spillover of disagreement between the two cult groups at a social function held on Sunday.
Some of the members of the groups were reported to have sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.
Recounting the incident on Monday, an eyewitness told our correspondent that one of the two groups, numbering about 50, launched a reprisal attack on the other group on Monday morning, a development which led to residents of the communities scampering for safety during the violence.
Some shops were said to have been attacked while many vehicles vandalised during the battle.
A source said the elderly woman gave up the ghost on the spot after being hit by a stray bullet.
One of the sons of the deceased woman is said to be a leader of a Celestial Church in Akuro, Oke-Ado area, Ibadan.
The remains of the woman have been deposited at a mortuary, it was gathered.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident, saying that two suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.
He said, “On January 24, at about 2200 hours, there was a rival thugs clash between Akobi and Shogoye areas of Idi Arere, Ibadan.
“The hoodlums broke into shops and set up a bonfire. The Police patrol teams from Mapo and Special Response Squad swiftly moved in and quelled the crisis.
Two members of the suspected cult groups were arrested in the process with two expended cartridges and a blood-stained cutlass. Our men patrolling the areas till daybreak.
“The hoodlums from the two areas resumed the hostility today January 25, as early as 6am. In the process, there was a crossfire from one of the hoodlums where pellets met an aged woman of about 60 years on her right arm/armpit. The woman died thereafter.
“The corpse was evacuated to Adeoyo Hospital for autopsy. Police patrol vehicles stationed in the area and Investigation has commenced into the matter by Mapo Division.”