The Oyo State Security Network, otherwise called Amotekun Corps, has reportedly killed three youths in Tapa, Ibarapa North Local government area of Oyo State during the New Year carnival party, while many people were injured.
It was gathered that some youths clashed with some operatives of Amotekun Corps on Wednesday evening, when the latter tried to stop youths from organizing a carnival that was banned in the state.
Our correspondent gathered on Thursday that at least three people were killed in the clash between Amotekun Corps operatives and some residents of Tapa in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
It was learnt that trouble started when Amotekun Corps operatives went to the carnival ground to tell the youths to end the carnival.
A source in the town said, “Those boys were having a carnival and probably they were expected to close by 10 pm which they didn’t. The Amotekun operatives told them to stop and it took the boys some time to stop the music.
“In the process of trying to stop the carnival, there was an argument between the youths and the Amotekun, which made the youths to start stoning the Amotekun officers.
“Eventually, the Amotekun operatives started shooting directly at them and now, at least three people have been confirmed dead while many people were injured.
“Bullets have been removed from some people who did not partake in the carnival at all.”
When contacted, Commandant of Amotekun Corps in the state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju, replied with a text message, saying, “Two killed confirmed. Amotekun properties destroyed. Houses of operatives burnt. It started with enforcing a ban on carnivals. Details later.”