About five people were reportedly feared dead with several others wounded, as hoodlums around Idi-Arere/Oja’ba area in Ibadan on Sunday afternoon, hiding under the celebration of the annual Egungun festival, unleashed mayhem on members of their rival gang, as a popular masquerade in the city, Ege, was coming from the Born Photo, Iyana Asuni area towards Idi-Arere junction, in the Oyo State Capital.
Nigerian Tribune learnt that the hoodlums were brandishing dangerous weapons like machetes, guns, swords, cutlasses, broken bottles, stones and charms, and confronted the police team trying to stop them from further advancing towards their rival gang.
The showdown, which lasted well over 90 minutes, forced people, motorists, commercial motorcyclists and residents to run for cover.
Residents and shop owners in the area were forced to hurriedly shut the doors of houses and shops as the hoodlums went haywire.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that following a security report that the hoodlums would be attacking some followers of the masquerade during paying homage to the Olubadan of Ibadan, the masquerade was advised to shelve the idea of paying homage to the monarch.
The development, it was gathered, did not go down well with the team of the masquerade but had to take to the advice, in order to maintain law and order.