By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Following the communal clashes caused by land disputes involving Ilobu and Ifon towns, the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has again imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the state.
Recall that Adeleke had imposed curfew on the two local government areas earlier in September after clashes were reported between the two communities.
The curfew was later relaxed after tension had gone down in the area.
But in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, on Wednesday, Adeleke directed that the curfew be reimposed on the two local government areas, following reported clashes in the affected communities.
The curfew which was initially between the hours of 8pm every night, and end by 6am, has now changed to the hours of 6pm every night, and 6am in the morning.
The statement read, “Following communal clash between Ilobu and Ifon communities, Osun state government has directed that the curfew continues in order to maintain law and order in the affected communities.
“The curfew time has now changed to the hours of 6pm every night, and 6am in the morning. Human and vehicular movement is to be restricted during the curfew till further notice.
“This is to forestall attempts of destruction of lives and properties during this period, because of the land dispute.
“Anyone caught wandering or moving around in Irepodun and Orolu local governments during the curfew period will be arrested and prosecuted appropriately.
“Governor Ademola Adeleke reiterates the need for peace between these two local governments, and asked that the ethos of Peace, Love and Unity which the state is known for, be imbibed.”