Osun state Government Imposes 2 Day Curfew in Ile-Ife Over Yoruba/Hausa Clash

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The Osun State Government on wednesday has imposed a two-day curfew in Ile-Ife over the crisis that erupted between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in which some people were killed and properties lost.

Reports say between tens of people were killed during the clash.

In a statement, a media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said that the curfew would be between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Wednesday to Friday.

Okanlawon warned that the government will not tolerate breach of public peace.

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 avoidable destruction of lives and properties.

He said Gov. Aregbesola had called for deployment of heavy security personnel to Ile-Ife to curb the crisis.

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,” he said.

Meanwhile, normalcy is gradually returning to the ancient town as the security agencies combined to ensure no more damage is done on both sides.

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