Three persons were reportedly killed, while several others injured allegedly by soldiers in Isheri Olofin community area of Ogun State.
The ugly incident occurred on Monday night during the celebration of the yearly ‘Isheri Day’ festival.
The residents hinted that one of the victims who was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet died instantly while two others died in the hospital from gunshot wounds.
In a statement by the police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, he said four men of the Nigerian Army, believed to be from Ikeja Cantonment and posted to Kara Market, left their beats and went to Isheri Olofin, where the indigenes of the town were celebrating their annual “Isheri Day”.
The soldiers, according to Oyeyemi, had a minor disagreement with some youths when they got to the event, causing the soldiers to start shooting sporadically into the air.
Oyeyemi said the ‘ugly incident’ infuriated the people at the scene who in turn reacted violently against the soldiers, leaving one of the soldiers and three other civilians injured.
The police spokesperson added that the soldiers quickly took their injured colleague to a hospital (name withheld) where they met one of the injured civilians being attended to by a Medical Doctor on duty