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Angry youths burn down Senator Lafiagi’s house as security kills 3 protesters

At least three people have been confirmed dead, while many others sustained varying degrees of injuries as security men attached to ex-Governor of Kwara State, Senator Shaaba Lafiagi shot protesting youths.

The angry youths in return, burnt down part of the Senator’s residence in Lafiagi, protesting killing of their community members.

The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Kwara State, Henry Bilesanmi , confirmed the death of three people to reporters.

Also, the Wakillin Lafiagi, Umaru Shaaba, gave the names of the dead victims d Abubakar, Alhassan and Musa Abdullahi.

A death certificate from the General Hospital, Lafiagi, stated that 24-year-old Abdullahi died from gunshot wounds in the femoral region.

The death certificate stated that Abdullahi was shot by soldiers in Lafiagi.

Umaru told Punch that over 300 youths had attempted to stop the former Kwara State governor from entering the town on Friday night.

He explained that Shaaba, who is the senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District, was attempting to enter the town from Ilorin with political associates for Saturday’s local government elections in the state.

Umaru said the youths stopped the senator from entering the town because of uncompleted culverts and projects on Lafiagi Road, around Sodo River, about four kilometres to Lafiagi town.

Umaru said, “The community boys complained that the place had recorded about four accidents within a short time; a couple had been killed as a result of that culvert.

“A Fulani was riding a motorcycle and ran into the culvert. There was a family travelling from Lagos to Abuja; because they did not know the road, they drove into the culvert.

“The youths then said, before Alhaji Shaaba (Lafiagi ) and his political team would enter the town, the culvert should be covered. They also said the number of deaths that had been recorded because of the unfinished job was too high and that the culvert must be filled so that the people could use it. That was the genesis of it.

“By the time Shaaba came, over 300 youths had blocked the way.”

Senator Shaaba was said to have invited the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in the area who tried in vain to mediate.

The senator was said to have later invited soldiers, who tried unsuccessfully to pacify the youths.

Umaru explained further that the security agencies later escorted the senator to his residence.

He said the aggrieved community members protested while security agents shot sporadically to disperse them.

He stated that in the ensuing pandemonium and sporadic shooting from security agents, three people were killed by bullets, while six were injured.

When members of the community heard about the killing, they matched to the senator’s residence and burnt part of it.

However, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 2 Division, Ibadan, Nigerian Army, Lt . Col. Ezindu Idima, told Punch, “The shooting had already taken place before our soldiers were deployed when the situation was getting out of hand.

“Our soldiers only came to bring the situation under control. They were not there before and during the shooting. What our soldiers did there was just to bring the situation under control. They were not involved in the shooting.”

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