Osun communal clash: Oyetola relaxes 24-hour curfew

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The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has relaxed the 24-hour curfew earlier declared in Irepodun and Orolu councils of the State.

The state government, on Sunday, imposed a 24-hour curfew in the two local government areas following the communal crisis that broke out between Erin-Osun and Ilobu towns, DAILY POST reports.

About five persons were killed while several others sustained bullet wounds.

Properties such as houses, cars and filling stations were also destroyed.

This is coming after Governor Oyetola met with the traditional rulers of the two towns and the State Commissioner of Police, on Monday.

The new curfew schedule according to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, will now run from 6pm to 6am daily.

It is to be implemented with immediate effect and will subsist until further notice according to the statement.

Omipidan said the traditional rulers agreed to a peace accord and promised to rein in their subjects in the meetings.

“Following the peace meeting between Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the traditional rulers of Erin-Osun and Ilobu towns, and with the return of peace to the affected towns, the governor has approved the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew declared last Sunday to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

“Consequently, the curfew will now run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am daily, and will subsist till further notice. Security operatives will therefore remain in the two councils to enforce the new curfew directive to further maintain law and order.

“As we all know, the curfew was never declared to inflict hardship on our people in the first instance, but to protect them and return normalcy to the affected communities.

“The State Government appreciates the monarchs and all the security agencies for their various roles in ensuring that normalcy and peace return to Erin-Osun and Ilobu.

“We commend citizens and residents for their show of understanding and cooperation so far.

“The Governor also enjoins residents and citizens to always channel their grievances to the appropriate authorities and resist the temptation of taking law into their own hands”, the statement added.

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