By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the State following the violence that broke out between Ilobu and Erin-Osun communities on Saturday.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji said the declaration of curfew became necessary to douse tension in the troubled areas.
It was gathered that the two communities started fighting on Saturday over a land tussle. The crisis, started around 3:pm at Oke Awesi, one of the disputed areas.
The clash, was the second between both communities over the ownership of the land at Ayedande area.
Two persons was said to have been killed and several others sustained gunshot wounds.
Meanwhile, the Government has declared that the curfew will subsist until further notice.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had ordered immediate deployment of armed policemen with support from the army to restore law and order.
The statement reads: “As a responsible and responsive government that took the sacred oath to protect the lives and property of our citizens, we believe that the declaration of curfew is the way to go in this circumstance. By this, security operatives have been directed to arrest and prosecute any person found violating the curfew and those responsible for the violence.
“All citizens and residents of the affected Local Government Areas are enjoined to comply with this directive as any person found contravening this order shall be made to face the wrath of the law.Government enjoins all our citizens to be peaceful and to be law-abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property.”