Governor Adeleke declares curfew in two local governments

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has declared curfew in Ilobu and Ifon in Irepodun and Orolu local government areas of the State following the communal clash between the two communities.

The notice of curfew was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Hon Kolapo Alimi, in Osogbo on Sunday.

The two communities had been at loggerheads with each other over some portion of land.

Few weeks ago, the Ilobu community had raised alarm over alleged plan by the Ifon-Orolu to cause mayhem in some parts of the disputed land in the Opapa area.

The recent development was the killing of a farmer simply as Sodiq, who has his farm on the disputed land by an unknown gunmen.

Sodiq, who hails from Aganna’s compound, Ilobu was said to have been shot dead on his farm around the Opapa area of the community.

The statement by the Government read: “This is to inform the public that the attention of the Osun State Government has been drawn to the communal clash on land dispute between Ilobu and Ifon Communities.

“Based on this, Governor Ademola Adeleke has directed that Curfew begins immediately in the two local governments.

“The Curfew will start between the hours of 8pm every night, and 6am in the morning. Human and vehicular movement is hereby restricted during the curfew till further notice.

“This is to forestall attempts of destruction of lives and properties during this period, because of the land dispute.

“Anyone caught wandering or moving around in Irepodun and Orolu local governments during the curfew period will be arrested and prosecuted appropriately.”

The Governor then sued for peace between the two local governments, and asked that the ethos of peace, love and unity which the state is known for, be imbibed.

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