- There was pandemonium in Osogbo on Sunday evening, June 27, when armed masquerades invaded a mosque
- An eyewitness said the masquerades shot one person to death while many others were injured, adding that the reason behind the incident is not known yet
- However, the police command in Osun state is yet to issue a statement on the alleged attack by the masquerades
Osogbo, Osun state – One person has been reportedly killed when armed masquerades allegedly invaded a mosque in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state.
The Nation reported that many worshippers were injured during the attack which happened on Sunday evening, June 27.
The newspaper cited an eyewitness as saying that the reason for the invasion by the masquerades was not yet known.
The source added that the masquerades first hurled stones at the Muslim faithful who warned them not to repeat the same but they continued.
The masquerades then shot indiscriminately, killing one worshipper in the process.
The incident, however, has not been confirmed by the Osun state police command.
Chief Imam reacts
The Chief Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Quoseem Yunus, identified the man shot dead by the masquerades as Moshood Salawudeen in a report by The Punch.
He said there was no previous disagreement with the masquerades, adding that the team had initially passed through the area without attacking the worshippers.
“We were outside our mosque, having special prayers on Sunday when the masquerade and his men appeared. Four policemen were with them.
“They passed us by and moved down. They later returned to where we all sat and started pelting us with stones. They later shot at us and used machete on us. One person was killed. We have taken the corpse to UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital Morgue. Nine others are receiving treatment in other hospitals in Osogbo.”
Policemen flee as soldiers invade station in Osun
In other news, there was tension in the Obelawo area along Ikirun road in Osogbo, Osun state when a police station was invaded by three soldiers.
The military men attacked the station to free their colleague detained by policemen.
Trouble started when some cultists were arrested by the police and a soldier came to secure bail for one of them. During the interaction, an argument came up and the soldier was arrested too. His colleagues, hearing that he had been detained, stormed the station armed with knives and wearing camouflage vests.
Mother, son arraigned for stealing motorcycle in Osun
Meanwhile, a 52-year-old woman, Patience Ayube and her son, Josiah Ayube, were on Wednesday, June 16, arraigned before an Osun state magistrates’ court sitting in Ile-Ife over the theft of a motorcycle.
Two others identified as Joseph Oluwaseun and Friday Emmanuel were also arraigned alongside the mother and son said for conspiring to steal the motorcycle.
The police prosecutor, Abdullahi Emmanuel, told the court that the defendants conspired and stole one Honda motorcycle worth N285,000, belonging to one Emmanuel Akpan.