Breaking: 5 feared dead, property burnt as Hausa and Yoruba clash in Ile-Ife
At least five people have been killed in a clash between Yoruba and Hausa communities in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife in Osun state.
The real cause of clash is yet to be known, but it was reported that some Hausa men were accused of raping and harassing wives of Yoruba men in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife. As a result, the Yoruba men attacked the Hausa community in a clash that erupted Tuesday and culminated into a deadly one on Wednesday.
Bodies of victims were seen burnt to ashes with tyres on streets
The report also has it that the Sabo area has been completely locked down as all the stalls belonging to the Hausas situated in Lagere area have been completely destroyed along with the goods.
Meanwhile, Security agencies comprising the Police and the Army have moved in to contain the situation.
Confirming the incidence, Imam Muhammed Basir, the Senior Special Assistant to Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Arewa Matter, said the situation has taken a very dangerous dimension. He confirmed that one person was shot dead. He also told newsmen that reports from the state claimed that more than three persons had been killed.
He called for more deployment of security agencies from Osogbo to intervene since the situation seemed beyond the Divisional Police unit.
Basir also said that he has notified the Governor and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fimihan Adeoye as well as the Director of the Department of State Security Service (DSS).
Confirming the incidence too, the acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Muhammed Abubakar Koji who spoke through the Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO) SP Folasade Odoro said necessary steps have been taken to curtail the situation. He said mobile policemen have been deployed to Ile-Ife.
Meanwhile, many have fled Ife as a result of the crisis, which has also led to the destruction of property worth millions of naira.
Some of the persons who sustained injuries have been taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) for medical attention.