Following the communal clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents in Sabo area of Ile-Ife, in Osun State, which has left about six persons dead, the state government on Wednesday imposed a two-day curfew in the area.
The fight between Yoruba and Hausa communities in Sabo area of the state which began on Tuesday night has also led to the loss of properties worth millions of Naria.
In a statement, a media aide to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said that the curfew would be between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Wednesday to Friday.
He said the state government was compelled to impose the curfew following the breach of the peace in the town which, according to him, has led to an avoidable destruction of lives and properties.
Okanlawon warned that the government would not tolerate any breach of public peace as the state governor has d called for the deployment of heavy security personnel to Ile-Ife to curb the crisis.
“This is to assure all and sundry that the breach of the peace in Ile-Ife is not beyond the control of our highly mobilised security forces.
“To this end, the Governor of Osun State, 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.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Folashade Odoro, In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the police have been able to curtail the situation.
Odoro also said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, had visited Ile-Ife to douse the crisis.
“We have been able to put everything under control and the CP has paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the scene of the crisis in Ile-Ife.
“We are in Ile-lfe and still assessing the situation; we will ascertain the immediate and the remote causes of the crisis.”
Senator Babajide Omoworare, representing Osun East (Ife/Ijesa) Senatorial District, has also appealed to indigenes and residents of Ile-Ife to end the ongoing feud in the area.
The senator in a statement appealed to all frayed nerves in the community to give peace and dialogue a chance as there are no alternatives to peace.
“There is no alternative to peace, we must collectively live in an atmosphere of peace for mutual prosperity this has been the long-standing practice and must be sustained in the interest of everyone.
“Only through peace and dialogue can we find a lasting solution to the present issues and prevent another one in future”.
“I sympathise everyone affected by the crisis and implore the law enforcement agents to ensure that the perpetrators of this ignoble act are brought to book and restore peace and harmony to Ile-Ife.
“I am in touch with the Governor of Osun State who is putting in place every measure to ensure peace. I have also spoken to Ooni of Ile-Ife, as well as other Leaders and collaborating with other Senators in this respect,” he added.
At the heat of the crisis which escalated Wednesday morning, the Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi reportedly sent security operatives to the area.
The security operatives were able to prevent Yoruba agitators from gaining access into Sabo which is predominantly occupied by Hausa residents,