Osun declares 24-hours curfew in 2 LGs over communal clash

Apparently to end the communal clash between Ilobu and Erin-Osun, Osun state government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the state. 

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, made available to newsmen, Sunday, said the curfew will subsist till further notice.

The statement was issued shortly after the Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, ordered Nigeria Army to support the efforts of policemen to end the communal clash between the two warring communities. 

According to the SSG, police are to arrest and prosecute any person found violating the curfew. 

The statement said, “the declaration of curfew became necessary to douse tension in the troubled area. This will subsist until further notice.

“Recall that only about few hours ago, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had ordered immediate deployment of armed policemen with support from the army to restore law and order.

“As a responsible and responsive government that took the sacred oath to protect the lives and property of our citizens, we believe that the declaration of curfew is the way to go in this circumstance. 

“By this, security operatives have been directed to arrest and prosecute any person found violating the curfew and those responsible for the violence.

“All citizens and residents of the affected Local Government Areas are enjoined to comply with this directive as any person found contravening this order shall be made to face the wrath of the law.

The two communities engaged in gun duel on Saturday over boundary issue where five persons reportedly sustained gun injuries. 

Some youths in Erin-Osun were said to have disagreed with an attempt to cede a parts of their land at Ayedaade to Ilobu town thus led to argument that eventually led to melee. 

As at Sunday afternoon, soldiers have barricaded the two towns. 

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