Six persons are feared dead in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government area of Ondo state, after a clash between members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and some suspected cultists.
Two houses were also set ablaze during the fracas at Idasen and Ijebu, communities.
The clash has created tension in Owo as residents locked themselves in their homes for fear of being caught in the shootout between the cultists and members of the vigilante group.
Business centres were hurriedly closed while security men paraded the town to curb the violence.
A reliable source said the crisis was caused by attempts by friends and relations of cultists to avenge the death of their members allegedly killed earlier by the OPC during a shoot out in the town and at the government forest reserve.
Some members of the OPC including their commandant, it was gathered have reportedly gone into hiding as the cultists embarked on a revenge mission
The chairman of the local government, Mr. Olabade Adegbegi said calm has returned to the town and warned trouble makers that government will deal decisively with those fomenting crisis.
Meanwhile apprehension has enveloped the ancient town of Ikare Akoko as rival groups sympathetic to claimants to the Olokoja stool engaged in sporadic shootings.
It was gathered that the residents scampered for safety as vehicles parked on road sides were damaged.
Police Public Relations Officer, Teo Leo-ikoro confirmed the development but said men of the command have been drafted to maintain law and order in the town.