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Osun: Nigerian Governor Imposes Curfew in Two Councils Over Communal Clash

Governor Ademola Adeleke has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the warring towns as a result of the deaths and property damage that followed the communal conflict between Ilobu, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area, and Ifon, the headquarters of Orolu Council.

Eight individuals were reportedly killed and several homes were destroyed during the fight between the two villages. Both towns’ citizens left their houses for safe havens.

The Osun State Government on Friday in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and Public Engagement and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, said: “Governor Ademola Adeleke has directed that a 24-hour Curfew begins in Orolu and Irepodun local governments housing Ifon and Ilobu communities with immediate effect. To maintain a lasting peace and order pending when the issues at hand would be amicably resolved.

“Governor Ademola Adeleke in his executive capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the State, has ordered the immediate take over of the disputed lands/areas by his administration.

“In the same vein, government has ordered that anyone, or group of persons found or seen doing one thing or the other on the disputed lands/ areas would be made to face the full wrath of the law accordingly, by Osun state government.

“Therefore, in strict compliance with the 24 hour curfew now imposed, Adeleke administration has also ordered strict restriction of both human and vehicular movements in the affected areas and communities, until otherwise directed.”

He pointed out that in order to ensure a permanent peace, Adeleke had instructed members of the Joint Security Task Force, which is made up of the Army, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, to stay on 24-hour watch over the two towns.

The current administration would maintain long-lasting peace and order in the two local governments, he assured the relatives of those who perished in the aftermath of the recent catastrophe.

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