Friday 14 July 2023

Osun Police Make Peace Between Muslims, Masqueraders Ahead of Egungun Festival

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kehinde Longe, has brokered peace between the Chief Imam of the Kamaudeen Mosque, Osogbo, Alhaji Kasim Yunis, and the custodian of a masquerade, Chief Kayode Esuleke, as the annual Egungun masquerade holds in the town.

A statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday, signed by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said the two men agreed to allow peace reign during the festival at a meeting held at the instance of the CP.

Members of the Kamaudeen Mosque and the followers of Esuleke masquerade had a history of dangerous clashes, the last one being the bloody fight of Sunday, June 27, 2021, which led to the death of a member of the mosque, while nine others were injured.

To prevent  a reoccurrence, Longe, who harped on the need to embrace peace at the meeting, also warned that the command would not condone any act that could lead to a breach of public peace.

The statement further read, “The Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Patrick K. Longe, held a strategic security meeting with the masquerade custodian, Pa Esuleke, and the Chief Imam of the Kamaudeen Mosque, Oke Baale, Osogbo, Alhaji Kasim Yunis.

“CP restated that he will not condone anything that will cause the breach of peace in anyway.


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