Yoruba-Hausa Ile-Ife clash: The true story
The ancient city of Ile-Ife was on Tuesday night (March 7, 2017) thrown to a deadly clash which has left “more than 10 people dead,” a fashion designer whose show-glasses were destroyed told infobase.
There are different versions to the clash, but Sarun of the Source, Chief Yemi Oriowo, during a press briefing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, said that violence broke out when one Hausa man slapped the wife of NURTW Vice-President (name withheld).
At Lagere area of Ile-Ife, some Yoruba youths, who were armed with dangerous weapons descended on some shops, said to be owned by the Hausa.
In retaliation, at Sabo in Ile-Ife, predominantly dominated by Hausa, some Hausa youths also armed with cutlasses, knives and other dangerous weapons allegedly attacked shops belonging to Yoruba people.
According to an eye witness, the Hausas had upper hand over the Yorubas on Tuesday night, but the Yorubas mobilized to pounce on the Hausas on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, which led to the loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira.
When the clash intensified on Wednesday, some school children took refuge at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Radio stations in the ancient city played a prominent role by alerting schools and parents about the clash.
Parents were told in a radio broadcast that they should visit the palace for their wards.
A combined team of security agencies were on ground to restore normalcy to the town.
Meanwhile, Osun State Government has imposed 6pm to 7am curfew on the town to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
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