What could have been a bloody clash between soldiers and policemen was averted on Friday in Owode-Yewa area of Ogun State during the installation and conferment of a chieftaincy title on a House of Representatives member, Oladipupo Adebutu.
The incident happened at Owode Town Hall, where the Olu of Owodeland, Oba Mathew Akindele, installed the Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker as Otunba Fiwagboye of Owodeland.
Our correspondent gathered that trouble began when a team of policemen, led by the Area Commander, Ilaro, Titus Musa, allegedly stormed the hall to stop the ceremony, prompting men of the Nigerian Army on the ground to resist the action.
It took the intervention of Adebutu’s father, Kesington Adebutu, who was present at the event, to take control of the situation.
The police, who were said to be acting on the orders of the state government, had earlier sealed off the Owode International Market which was originally proposed as venue of the ceremony.
A group, Lado Vanguard, accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of sending policemen to disrupt the occasion.
But the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Adejuwon Soyinka, said the state government had no hand in the incident.