Many injured as fresh crisis erupts in Osun communities

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola

Fresh violence erupted among the people of Oba- Ile and Oba-Oke in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State on Friday, leaving several people injured.

There were claims and counter   claims about how the fresh trouble started, with a source claiming that some youths in Oba-Ile invaded Oba-Oke and beat up some people, the situation which angered the people of Oba-Oke who mobilised and stormed Oba-Ile for revenge.

The disagreement, it was learnt led to a fierce fight where weapons were freely used by both sides, with scores of residents from  both sides injured in the ensuing melee.

A resident, who fled the scene, said that policemen had been deployed to the two  communities to bring the situation under control.

It was not immediately known if there was any loss of life in the clash but some residents of the two towns expressed apprehension on the conditions of some of those injured.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Folasade Odoro, confirmed the fresh clash but said that the situation had been brought under control.

“The command has been able to restore normalcy in the area and investigation is ongoing,” she said.

It will be recalled that the  residents of the two neighbouring communities had engaged in a bloody  clash in October. The October clash which led to the destruction of many houses in the area led to the the burning of the palace of the Oloba of Oba-Oke, Oba Dahunsi Iyiola.

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had imposed a curfew from 6pm to 6am on the two communities at the time.

The new Assistant Inspector-General of Police for Zone 11, David Omojola,  visited the two communities in November on resumption of duty and held meetings with the traditional rulers of the two communities.

The monarchs assured the AIG who was in company with the Commissioner of Police in the state, Dorothy Gimba, that they would allow peace to reign.

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