Curfew: Ijesas cry out as military officers flog, force Osun residents to swim in muddy water
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
The Ijesa people, both home and abroad have cried out over the punitive measure taken by the military officers deployed to enforce the curfew order of the state government.
Some residents of the state living in Ilesa have been flogged mercilessly and made to swim in muddy water for defaulting the curfew directive. Also, others in Osogbo and other parts of the state were being subjected to harsh punishment for walking on the streets when the curfew was on.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the state had ordered a 24-hour indefinite curfew following looting spree a d vandalism witnessed in the state in the wake of the agitation against Police brutality and bad governnace.
In a chat with News Boom, some residents pleaded with the officers deployed to enforce the stay at home order to discipline erring people and not dehumanize them.
They made the plea while reacting to the video showing some defaulters swimming in muddy water at oke Omiru area of Ilesa.
The concerned residents who described Ilesa as a peaceful haven called on concerned authorities to wade in so that the whole world would not paint Ijesaland black.
However, the released defaulters of the ongoing curfew in Osun State have urged residents of Ilesa to stay back at home in compliance with the lockdown order by the state government.
The people who spoke with journalists gave excuses for their actions saying their experience in the hands of the men of the Nigerian Air force, regiment training centre is better imagined than experienced.
Some of the people claimed that they were not aware of the curfew and others said that they did not know that its enforcement would be that total.
They advised the residents to stay back at home in their own interest in order not to share in the punishment.
Reacting, the commander of the troops deployed to Ilesa for maintenance of law and order, group captain Idowu Ayo said he released about the 200 people arrested in the odd hours having made them to serve punishment for flouting the order.
He warned people of Ilesa and environs to stay home in accordance with the lock out order.
Meanwhile, a traditional ruler in the ancient town, the owarisa of Ilowa, Oba Ali also pleaded with residents to comply with the curfew directive, saying the military action was necessitated by the hijack of the peaceful by hoodlums.