Ife Crisis: Osun govt won’t tolerate breach of public peace

Ife Crisis: Osun govt won’t tolerate breach of public peace

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:17 pm


•Orders immediate quelling of crisis

The Government of Osun on Wednesday said it has caused 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.

A statement from the Office of the Governor, signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, 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.

Communal clash

“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.”

There was a clash in Ile Ife on Wednesday between the Yoruba and Hausa community in Sabo area, leading to the death of not fewer than 10 people.

Trouble started when an Hausa man allegedly had a love affair with the wife of an Ife man. Since no man would hear this and retire to a beer joint to relax, the husband blew his top and went physical, assisted by other husbands whose wives were allegedly in such amoral relationships with the settlers.

The troubke has a bit longer ancestry! Some Ife indigenes complained that certain Hausa people used to lend money to women traders in the city with an agreed time for repayment of the pricipal and interest. However, when the women defaulted, then the creditors would “ask for settlement on bed.” The source revealed that it was the husbands of such Yoruba women, that unleashed their pent up anger to aggravate the current crisis.

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