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Five Killed As Hoodlums Attack Popular Masquerader, Oloolu In Ibadan

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No fewer than five people were reportedly killed on Thursday night when a gaggle of youths attacked a dreaded Ibadan masquerader, popularly called Oloolu while he was performing his annual ritual within the metropolis.

SaharaReporters learnt that several others were reportedly injured.

The hoodlums, who allegedly attacked the masquerader at the Oje area of Ibadan, were said to be many.

According to a source, the irate youths who were armed with machetes, clubs, and cutlasses waylaid the masquerade when his rites had almost been completed.

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When contacted, the National President of Soludero Hunters Association, Oba Wahab Ajijola Anabi, confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters.

“Yes, i used to be a part of the entourage of Oloolu when the ritual was being performed by Oloolu. it’s an annual ritual Oloolu performs round the city to make sure peace reigns within the state.

“He started the rituals within the morning and was close to round off within the evening at Oje when some youths, with none provocation, swooped on him and his followers.

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“They were many, about 80 of them. They killed no fewer than five people. one among the attackers was a well-liked hoodlum called ‘Star boy’, who is understood to be very deadly. The youths were armed with cutlasses, guns, and other dangerous weapons.

“Four boys were injured during the attack and are being moved from one place to a different for treatment.

“We want Governor Seyi Makinde to empower local security outfits like Agbekoya in order that the hoodlums are going to be arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution.”

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The Iyaloja of Oje Market, Alhaja Oluwakemi Laaro Akala, who confirmed the incident said the youths threatened to burn her shop.

“The government should please help us to see the excesses of those hoodlums,” she said.

The Police PR Officer, CSP Gbenga Fadeyi, said he had not yet been briefed.

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