The Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led Government of Osun state has declared a two day curfew in the entire Ile-Ife City over alleged clashes between Hausa and Yoruba communities in the state that have claimed at least five lives with over a hundred injured.
In a statement signed by Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the Director of Communications and Strategy, office of the Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, it said “the curfew, which will be between 6pm to 7am, takes effect from today Wednesday March, 8th, 2017 and will be in force till Friday.”
It said the curfew was necessitated by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and properties.
Also, the statement said it has caused the 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. It 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.”
According to the reports, areas that were most volatile with the clashes were the Sabo, Lagere and Olaoluwa areas of Ile-Ife, Osun state.