Tuesday 10 October 2023

Ifon/Ilobu Communal clashes: Adeleke reduces curfew hours

Osun State governor, Ademola Adeleke, has reduced the 24-hour curfew previously imposed on Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas affected by communal clashes to 12 hours.

A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, on Tuesday, announced the downward review of the curfew period.

It also explained that the decision to reduce the curfew was due to the near state of total peace and harmony between Ilobu and Ifon communities, which were previously ravaged by communal clashes that claimed lives and led to the destruction of properties.

The affected communities were also said to have complied with the dictates of last Saturday’s Peace Agreement signed by the Ilobu and Ifon communities.

Adeleke, however, maintained his earlier stand of readiness to take complete possession of the disputed lands until the imbroglio was finally seen to have been amicably brought to an end by the natives.

The statement further read in parts, “That, based on the recent Peace Agreement signed by Ifon and Ilobu Communities of Orolu and Irepodun local governments respectively, the administration of Senator Ademola Adeleke is happy to state that the two communities are gradually embracing the need to engender peace and harmony, forthwith.

“Premised on this, His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Executive Governor of Osun state, in his capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the state, has relaxed the 24-hour curfew to 12 hours daily, beginning from 6 am to 6 pm with immediate alacrity.

“The Joint Security Task Force comprising the Nigeria Army, Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and other security agents should, however, continue their normal 24-hour surveillance of both Ifon, Ilobu and Olokanla communities.”

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