Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Osun State Govt. imposes curfew on Ile Ife after ethnic clash

The Osun State Government has imposed a curfew on Ile Ife after a clash between Hausa and Yoruba youths left several people dead and many injured.

According to the government, the 6pm to 7am curfew, which was announced on the Osun State Broadcasting Corpration Television on Wednesday evening, is meant to prevent hoodlums from using the cover of darkness to attack innocent people.

During the clash, several vehicles were burnt, while houses and shops were set ablaze while some other, forcing many residents to desert their homes.

It was gathered that the clash was the fallout of a dispute between a Hausa man and a Yoruba woman on Tuesday evening.

As a result of the clash, banks and shops in the area were forced to send customers away and close their doors.

Meanwhile, the Government of Osun on Wednesday said it has caused deployment of heavy security forces to the scene of the crisis in Ile Ife in Ife Central West Local Council Development Area of the state.

A statement from the Office of the Governor, signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, assured of the readiness of the security forces to quell the face off which has led to the destruction of properties in affected area of the ancient city.

"This is to assure all and sundry that the breach of the peace in Ile Ife is not beyond the control of our highly mobilized security forces.

"To this end, the Governor of the state of Osun, upon receiving reports of the fracas the exact cause of which is still under investigation, has ordered deployment of adequate security forces and is getting minute-by-minute situation reports.

"The Government therefore warns those involved in this act of criminal breach of public peace to end it immediately as the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on anyone arrested."
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