3 feared dead, scores injured as Osun communities clash

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Three persons were feared on Sunday and several during a clash between Erin-Osun and Ilobu in Irepodun Local Area Osun State over land dispute.

The communities have been on loggerhead for months over land boundaries.

Youths from the communities clashed on Saturday evening leaving one person feared and five with gunshots wound.

The Nation saw a on Sunday morning where the warring youths brandished weapons while another video showed how they engaged in a gun battle.

The Nation gathered that the crash occurred at Oke-Awesin area and later spread CAC area in Ilobu.

Spokesperson Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, on Saturday night said youths Adamu and Abdullah Tairu were shot in the legs during the communal clash.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, our correspondent gathered the youths from the two communities clashed early hours till around 11:30am before the Nigerian Army was deployed the scene.

Our correspondent, who visited some areas, observed a lifeless youth suspected have died as a result gunshots was brought into the King’s palace Ilobu.

Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, the Secretary to the State , Prince Wole Oyebamiji in a statement declared a 24-hours curfew in Irepodun and Orolu Local Areas as a result of the communal clash.

He said”The declaration of curfew became necessary to douse tension in the troubled area. This will subsist until notice.

“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had ordered the immediate deployment of armed policemen with from the army to restore and order.

“As a responsible and responsive that took the sacred oath to protect the lives and 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 .

“Government enjoins all our citizens to be peaceful and to be -abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their .”