In response to escalating tensions and violence between the Ifon and Ilobu communities in the Orolu and Irepodun local government areas, the Osun State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the affected areas. The clashes have resulted in casualties and significant property damage.
A statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, on Friday, October 6, 2023, conveyed the government’s decision to impose the curfew with immediate effect. The aim of the curfew is to prevent further deterioration of the situation in these formerly peaceful and law-abiding communities.
Governor Ademola Adeleke, in his capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the State, has directed the immediate takeover of the disputed lands and areas by the state administration. The government has also issued a stern warning that anyone or any group found engaging in activities on the disputed lands will face legal consequences.
As part of the curfew measures, both human and vehicular movements have been strictly restricted in the affected areas and communities. The Joint Security Task Force, consisting of the Nigerian Army, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, has been deployed to ensure round-the-clock surveillance and maintain peace in the two communities.
The government has emphasized its constitutional obligation to protect the lives and properties of the people in Orolu and Irepodun local governments, as well as the broader Osun State. It reaffirms its commitment to preserving peace and order in the region and will not tolerate actions or statements that could undermine the state’s prevailing peace and stability.
While expressing condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the recent crisis, the administration stresses the urgent need to restore peace and order in the affected local governments.
Governor Adeleke had previously announced the state government’s acquisition of the disputed land during the maiden edition of the Ipade Imole public enlightenment program.
The government’s decisive action is aimed at de-escalating the tension and ensuring the safety and security of all residents in the affected areas. The Osun State Government calls upon all residents to cooperate fully with the curfew measures and the security agencies to restore calm and normalcy in the region. Peace and order remain the collective responsibility of all citizens in Osun State.