No fewer than five persons were inured on Wednesday when some Hausa youths at Sabo area of Osogbo allegedly attacked some Yoruba living in their midst.
Residents of the area told our correspondent that trouble started around 1am when some hoodlums, suspected to be of Hausa extraction, stormed residences of Yoruba in the area and attacked them.
A resident of the area, who identified himself as Goke Ogunseye, told our correspondent at the scene of the crisis that some Hausa youths were allegedly smoking Indian hemp around midnight and somebody flashed a torch light on the smokers.
This, he claimed, angered the hoodlums, who started vandalising shops and houses, belonging to Yoruba people in the area.
But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, when contacted on the telephone on Wednesday, said there was no crisis between Yoruba and Hausa anywhere in the state.
The PPRO said, ” There was no crisis between Yoruba and Hasua. I don’t know where you got your information from.”
A woman, who identified herself as Iya Tawa, said she and other occupants of the house were sleeping when they heard a bang on the entrance door.
She stated that the door was broken by the hoodlums, who threatened to kill them.
She said, “We were sleeping and suddenly we heard a bang on the door of the main entrance. Some Hausa youths, wielding cutlasses and dagger, trooped inside the house and said ‘here are they, they are the Yoruba people we are looking for’.”
She added that the prompt intervention of the police saved them from being attacked
She alleged that five other persons living in the neighborhood were injured by the hoodlums.
Iya Tawa said those injured had been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The woman said the hoodlums, who fled when the police team arrived the scene around 2am, later regrouped to continue their attack after the Police had left the scene.