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Osun governor imposes indefinite curfew on two LGAs over Ilobu-Ifon communal clash

At least one person died in the violent communal clash.

• September 18, 2023
Ademola Adeleke
Governor Ademola Adeleke

The Osun government has imposed an indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ilobu and Ifon Communities in Orolu and Irepodun LGAs.

The measure was coming in the wake of a communal clash between the communities, leading to a total breakdown of law and order.

Information commissioner Kolapo Alimi announced the curfew in a statement on Sunday. The statement disclosed that the curfew would hold “until further notice” between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

It also announced a restriction on both human and vehicular movements during the curfew period.

Mr Alimi stated that the measure became necessary to enforce law and order in the two communities.

“This is to inform the public that the attention of the Osun government has been drawn to the communal clash over land dispute between the Ilobu and Ifon communities. Based on this, Governor Ademola Adeleke has directed that curfew begins immediately in the two LGAs of Orolu and Irepodun,” said the statement.

It added, “Anyone caught wandering or moving around in Irepodun and Orolu during the curfew will be arrested and prosecuted. The governor sued for peace between these two LGAs.”

It urged the warring communities to imbibe the spirit of love and unity.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for Osun police command, SP Yemisi Opalola, has confirmed the death of a 28-year-old man, Sodiq Alamu, during the clash. 


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