Residents panic, security agents deployed over reported resurgence of Ifon-Ilobu crisis

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR

The ancient towns of Ifon-Osun and Ilobu in Orolu and Irepodun Local Government Areas of Osun State were on Monday soaked in tension over reported resurgence of the communal war that unsettled them last year.

The towns had clashed over land boundary, a development that caused avoidable crisis that had escalated to destruction of property, killings and maiming of innocent citizens.

Osun CP
Osun CP

Meanwhile, the peace that the towns had been enjoying since the curfew imposed by the state government was threatened on Monday as residents started running helter-skelter.

There was speculation within the towns that some buildings in remote parts of Ifon, including a police post were razed down by some hoodlums in the wee hours of Monday, a situation that heightened panic in the affected community.

Some parents had on Monday morning ran to the schools of their children and withdrew them as some traders hurriedly shot their shops when news filtered that there might have been a resurgence of the crisis that rocked the neighbouring communities.

While panic gripped the communities, security agencies including the Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were seen moving to the towns in their patrol vehicles.

As at the time of filing this report, NEWS BOOM reliably gathered that relative calm has been restored to the communities as security personnel had been stationed in strategic locations in the towns to forestall breakdown of law and order.

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