Men of the Inspector General of Police Response Team (IRT), on Saturday, arrested nine suspects from three communities of Kajola, Odo-Owa and Omu-Aran in Oke-Ero and Irepodun Local Government Areas of Kwara State, respectively, over alleged burning of Fulani camps.
Two of the suspects, including a chief, were nabbed while sleeping in their homes in Odo-Owa, while the other seven were arrested in Omu-Aran, Daily Trust said.
It was gathered that the IRT team stormed the communities on Saturday morning to pick up the suspects alleged to have participated in the destruction and burning of a hotel belonging to a Fulani man in Omu-Aran in April.
It was said that some youths in Odo-Owa had mobilized to repel the arrest and mounted a roadblock with about 15 motorcycles when the police team were returning to Ilorin on the express road close to the Police Area Command in Omu-Aran.
The situation, however, reportedly led to an exchange of gunfire between the IGP team and the youths, during which some of them sustained gunshot wounds.
The newspaper added that six of the youth were apprehended, while three pistols, six machetes, two axes and two motorcycles were recovered from them.
The suspects arrested were said to have been taken directly to the Police headquarter in Abuja, while youths who escaped with bullet wounds were taken to traditional home for treatment and removal of bullet pellets.
Ajayi Okasanmi, the Kwara State police command spokesperson, said he was not aware of the arrest of the suspects.
“I am yet to be briefed, I will enquire and get back to you please,” he said.