Two feared dead in Police/OPC clash

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two people were feared dead Wednesday and several others injured when police clashed with suspected members of the ethnic Yoruba group Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the south-western city of Abeokuta.
The local media reported Thursday that trouble started as the police tried to stop the OPC members from meeting in the Mokola area of the city.
Nigeria's federal government has banned the militant group after it was blamed for a series of ethnic clashes in the commercial city of Lagos and some major cities in the south-west, populated by the Yoruba, one of the country's three main ethnic groups.
Reports said the two persons who died were hit by stray bullets as the police and members of the group exchanged fire.
The fighting, which lasted about one hour, caused pandemonium in the area as traders closed their shops and scampered to safety.
Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Udom Ekpoudom, was quoted as saying three of his men were among the injured.

16 august 2001 12:52:00

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