Five people were reported dead while tension enveloped Lafiagi town in the Edu local government area of Kwara State after an attack between youths of the town and men of the Senator representing Kwara North senatorial district, Alhaji Shaaba Lafiagi on Friday night.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Kunle Bilesanmi, said the command could not ascertain those who shot the victims.
Eyewitness account said that the youth were allegedly angered by the failure of the Senator to assist the community in repair of a collapsed culvert leading to the town, adding that they had barricaded the road when Sha’aba was coming into his hometown for the council election, threatening that he would not come in through the culvert that they personally mobilised to temporarily rehabilitate.
The source said that the senator had to call for security reinforcement when he could not gain access into the town, while the security men, mostly soldiers, allegedly shot sporadically and killed three people among the youth.
This action of the military according to the source led the youth to burn down the residential building of the senator.
“Not soon that he (Shaaba) was coming in, the youth block the road the he would not enter because he didn’t assist them with the fixing of the culvert.
The police said they are yet to confirm the death of anyone during the crisis and promised that the crisis would be curtailed as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, another source revealed that another cause of the incident was the alleged imposition of candidate for the chairmanship election which he said did not go down well with the youths.
The community, at the time is very tense as people have chosen to stay indoors.