A Chinese expatriate, Kuang Zhang, was killed during a fight at a mining site in Idoko village, in the Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State.
It was gathered that a miner, Musa Abdullahi, also died in the fight.
The two persons lost their lives after a fight broke out between some Hausa labourers and Chinese miners at the mining site on Tuesday.
It was further gathered that some riot policemen and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, who escorted two Chinese expatriates to the mining site, had shot into the air to scare away the Hausa miners.
One of the shots hit a Hausa miner and killed him on the spot, while another one was injured.
Following the development, the Chinese men, who were already scared, ran into the bush but the miners seized them and beat them to a pulp before more security men deployed arrived in the area rescued them.
However, one of the two expatriates died before reaching hospital.
Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the incident, said normalcy had been restored in the area.
In a statement, Opalola said some miners were already at the mining site when the two Chinese expatriates, escorted by riot policemen and some NSCDC operatives, arrived at the scene and ordered the workers to leave.
According to the police spokesman, the Chinese claimed that the Federal Government and the Osun State Government had awarded them a licence to work in the area.
The fight ensued after the Hausa miners refused to vacate the premises.
The statement added, “One Abdulhahi Musa was shot dead and a Chinese, Kuang Zhang, was also killed. The corpses were deposited at the morgue of the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.”