Five people have been reportedly killed in a clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Sabo area of Ile-Ife, in Osun State.
Buzz Nigeria gathered that the crisis which began on Tuesday night when a rift broke out between a Hausa man and a Yoruba woman, have left five persons dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the clash which began on Tuesday escalated on Wednesday morning and was so intense that security operatives are having a hard time quelling the situation.
Following Tuesday’s clash, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, reportedly sent security operatives to the area.
The security operatives were said to have prevented Yoruba agitators from gaining access into Sabo which is predominantly occupied by Hausa residents, hence they went to Lagere to attack Hausa traders who do business there, destroying goods in retaliation to the havoc done around the Sabo market.
People living and trading around Lagere, Sabo and Obalufon area of the state have all scampered for safety.
The main cause of the clash is yet unknown although it is believed to have been sparked by a disagreement between a Yoruba and Hausa.
Security personnel from the Army and the police are have been mobilised to the area and are trying to restore peace.
Ile-Ife is an ancient town in Osun state and is considered the cradle of Yoruba civilization.
According to Yoruba myth, Oduduwa, the father of the Yoruba race ‘landed’ in Ife. The ancient town is the home of the Ooni of Ife who is considered the most powerful monarch in Yoruba land.
Ile-Ife is an embodiment of history and culture. The town has maintained and kept standing some buildings and structures that reflect the historical and cultural significance that it is known for.
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