At least three people were allegedly killed while security operatives tried to stop an angry mob from burning the house of Mohammed Sha’aba, senator representing Kwara north.
The Kwara command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps confirmed the incident, saying it happened in in Lafiagi, Edu local government area of the state.
The deaths are suspected to be related to an issue associated with the conduct of the council elections.
But Kunle Bilesanmi, police public relations officer in the state, said he could not confirm the deaths.
NAN quoted a source as saying the crisis erupted when some youth barred Sha’aba from coming into the town.
The youth’s action was as a result of the alleged failure of the senator to assist the community in repairing a collapsed culvert on the road leading to the town.
The youths were said to have barricaded the road when Sha’aba was coming home for the council poll.
They allegedly insisted that he would pass through the culvert that they mobilised resources to repair.
The source said when the senator found it difficult to enter the town, he called for security reinforcement.
The source added that when the security men, mostly soldiers arrived, they allegedly shot sporadically and killed three people.
The source claimed the action of the security personnel led the youth to burn the residence of the senator.
A man, who said that his young brother was among the dead threatened that no election would hold in the town.