No fewer than, eleven people reportedly lost their lives on Tuesday in Ogbere Onilanta in Ona- Ara Local Government of Oyo State when policemen and hunters clashed in the area.
It was gathered that about 40 local hunters, popularly called “Agbekoya”, exchanged gunfire with policemen and attempted to break into the police armoury.
Residents of the area claimed that 11 people died, including hunters and policemen. However, the police said only one person died.
It was gathered that problem ensued when the police insisted on checking the hunters’ convoy but they refused.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Isiaka, told newsmen that “The men were coming in some vehicles, including a black Toyota Pathfinder.
“Some policemen, who were at the checkpoint in front of their station, stopped them and challenged them for driving recklessly. One of the hunters got down and started arguing with the police.
“He slapped the policeman. Later, we started hearing gunshots. There was shooting from both sides.
“The crisis was so much that everybody started running to avoid being caught in crossfire.”