A fresh violence has reportedly engulfed the ancient town of Ile-Ife, in Osun State.
According to the report, the clash broke out on Friday, March 31 in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun. No fewer than ten people were injured in the new violence.
The fresh clash was said to be between the people of Ipetumodu and Asipa communities in Ife North Local Government Area of the state. The clash reportedly started on Wednesday evening shortly after an alleged misunderstanding that broke out after an inter house sports football competition in the Community High School Ipetumodu, not far away from Asipa.
Youths from both communities were allegedly involved in the fight. Some unidentified youths were said to have taken advantage of the face-off between the students and set ablaze the popular Akinola Market in Asipa a development that escalated the crisis between the two communities.
Gunshots were reportedly fired into the air to heighten tension in the area and no fewer than ten persons sustained injuries. Policemen arrived later to maintain law and order.
According to one of the traditional chiefs who spoke on condition of anonymity, Asipa community was to blame. He alleged that the other community turned a mere school riot to community clash to burn the market.
He also alleged that this was not the first time that such attack would be carried out against his people. However, a leader of Asipa community, Julius Ogerinde denied the allegation saying that they were aggrieved because of the government white paper on the disputed land which favoured the other community.
“They only used the avenue of the Inter house Sport competition to perpetrate their grievances and three of our people were shot,” he said.
Mrs. Folashade Odoro the police spokesperson, when contacted confirmed the clash, saying policemen had been drafted to the area to maintain law and order and normalcy has since returned to the area. Recall that many lives and millions of property destroyed in the last clash in Ile-Ife.
This is occurring weeks after a violent clash broke out between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in the town.