The vulcanizer reportedly beheaded in the clash in Ile-Ife Osun State by Hausa men and his head hung on a pole, Mojeed Owoyomi, has stated that he is hale and hearty.
Owoyomi said he only lost his motorcycle, which he uses for commercial purposes in the clash that led to the death of no fewer than 46 persons, Police say.
Owoyomi told Saturday Punch: “It is a lie!
“I was not beheaded. That is why I am talking to you now.
“I am not dead, don’t believe that rumour except you cannot see my head sitting on my neck.
“I am alive. I thank God that I am alive.”
Owoyomi said when the crisis started, he ran away from the scene.
He confirmed that other vulcanizers in the area are hale and hearty.
Owoyomi, however, expressed worry about the failure to arrest any Hausa man over the crisis, calling on the Police not to be biased.
He said: “They fought. I don’t know why they said none of them was arrested.
“Most of the shops burnt belong to the Yoruba because there are many Yoruba traders in Sabo.
“The losses were not limited to any particular group.
“I don’t know any of them. When the crisis started, the two sides were throwing stones and bottles at each other.
“We thought that the whole thing would soon stop but we were wrong.
“Suddenly, we started hearing gunshots and the Hausa also were shooting arrows.
“I ran away from the scene because in that type of situation, anybody could be shot.”