Police authorities in Oyo State have arrested about 46 suspected hoodlums over the fracas that broke out at Oke Ado area of Ibadan, the state capital in the early hours of Monday.

The crisis, which started at about 6am, reportedly erupted when suspected rival factions of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) clashed, leaving several people injured.

An eyewitness said each faction is seeking to control the affected area, with several shops as well as offices looted while many vehicles were also vandalized.

“Many vehicle owners driving through the area had to abandon their vehicles and ran for safety.

“The hoodlums shot into the air to scare people away. We don't know the motive behind the fight, but we heard that they were fighting over the control of the area.

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“We also heard that the fight was between New Era faction of OPC and another group loyal to Aare Gani Adams’ faction,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the police commissioner has visited the scene and peace had been restored.

Although he declined speaking on whether the fight was between rival OPC groups, the state PPRO said, “Forty-six suspects have been arrested already. Normalcy has since been restored following prompt deployment of policemen to the scene.

“The Commissioner of police has directed that the CIID should commence discreet investigation into the incident.”

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