- Police and residents of a community in Ondo state clashed on Saturday
- The violence reportedly erupted after the police tried to arrest a suspected thug
- Travellers were stranded as all major roads in the town, including the Owo-Abuja road were blocked as the residents protest
Police and residents of Ayede Ogbese, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo state on Saturday, May 13, clashed over the arrest of a suspected thug, one Mr Ademola Adebo.
NAIJ.com learnt that the clash reportedly started when youths trooped out to protest Adebo's arrest by the police.
The protest led to a gridlock and travellers were stranded as all major roads in the town, including the Owo-Abuja road were blocked by the youths protesting.
Peace was however restored when the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Hilda Harrison deployed anti-riot police men to the affected area.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state Police command, Mr Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident said that the protesters were acting in error, Daily Post reports.
Joseph explained that the police in compliance to the order of the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Harrison arrested a notorious thug in the town who also specializes in selling indian hemp.
NAIJ.com gathered that the suspect was reportedly caught with various incriminating objects when the police inspected his house.
The PPRO said the residents of the town made attempts to prevent the arrest of the suspect, who he said was known for his criminality.
According to him, the suspect and one other person arrested were caught with weeds suspected to be indian hemp.
He said the residents of the town resolved to protest when the Divisional Police Officer in the area, Mr Akeem Adedeji resisted their overtures.
“What the people of Ayede Ogbese did was not a protest but an illegal show of ignorance."
He added that: “They were protesting that the Police arrested one of their kinsmen. This is a display of ignorance."
However, the PPRO disclosed that peace had returned to the town, adding that the anti-riot police officers deployed to the town would remain there till normalcy returned fully.
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