Osun imposes curfew as one killed in communal clash


Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

ONE person as of Sunday afternoon was said to have lost his live as the boundary dispute between Ilobu and Erin Osun communities in Osun state escalated.

Several buildings around Temidire Area located at the boundary of the two communities were also destroyed, while some vehicles were reportedly burnt around Olokuta in Ilobu Sunday morning.

The crisis triggered by the Enumeration Area Demarcation being done by the officials of the National Population Commission, it was learnt, started Saturday afternoon.

Despite the deployment of police operatives and soldiers to the affected area, the clashes escalated Sunday morning and the corpse of a yet to be identified person was seen at the palace of Olobu Sunday morning.

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The two warring communities were said to have recorded three more deaths as a result of the clashes, as soldiers and police operatives moved to the scene to restore law and order.

The claims of the three death could not, however, be verified.

Meanwhile, Osun State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the state, as residents of both Ilobu and Erin Osun fled the disputed area.

Secretary to the state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, in a statement on Sunday said imposition of curfew became necessary to douse tension in the troubled area.

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Oyebamiji said in a statement that the curfew would subsist until further notice.

Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Olatoye Olaniyan, in an interview with our correspondent, said his community had over 5,000 buildings on the disputed land and called for amicable resolution of the crisis.

Olobu also said though lives had been lost, he could not confirm the casualty figure as of the time of filing this report, while Elerin of Erin Osun, Oba Omoloye Oyagbodun, could not be reached through his mobile line.

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Also, response to a text message sent to him was still being expected while filing this report.

Spokesperson for the Osun police, Yemisi Opalola, said calm had returned, adding that the state Police Commissioner, Mr Wale Olokode, led police team to the area.

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