One Killed, Many Injured As Masquerades Attack Mosque in Osun


    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    One person has been confirmed dead when some armed masquerades attacked a mosque at Oluode Aranyin area of Osogbo, Osun State capital on Sunday.

    No fewer than 12 persons, including children also sustained gunshot injuries in the clash.

    It was gathered that the masquerade worshipers opened fire at the Muslims while performing a special prayer for Nigeria at  Kamorudeen Central Mosque, located at Oluode Aranyin in Osogbo around 2:30pm.

    It was further gathered that the masquerades had earlier staged a threatening walk before stoning the congregation.

    A Camry car and the windows of the mosque were also destroyed in the clash.

    It was gathered that Kamorudeen Islamic Society of Nigeria organised a special prayer for Nigeria which was attended by members of the organization across the state.

    According to some victims of the attack, they alleged that the traditional worshippers were led by a popular traditionalist in the State, Kayode Esuleke.

    They also said that the masquerade and their worshipers under the protection of police work passed the mosque before they returned and descended on them with stones.

    “They were first throwing stones and then started firing guns at us. They destroyed the mosque. We are on our own,” one of the victims said.

    The Imam of the mosque, Kazeem Yunus confirmed that the leader of the organisation in Iwo, Osun State, Moshood Salawudeen was shot in the head and gave up the ghost.

    “Some of our members, about 12 who sustained bullet injuries, were taken to Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro; Osogbo Central Hospital and UNIOSUN, while the corpse has been deposited at UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital mortuary.” he added.


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