Ondo Communal Clash Claims Three Lives

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  • Akeredolu imposes curfew as warring many parties vandalise houses

Three persons have been reported killed with four others injured in a communal clash in Ikare Akoko, Akoko Northeast council of Ondo State.

Reports said the clash involving the Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Saliu Momoh, and Owa Ale of Ikare, Oba Adeleke Adedoyin has also seen several houses vandalised by the warring groups.

According to the reports, the loyalty of residents in Ikare is divided between the two monarchs with the Olukare regarded as a Class A monarch while the Owa Ale is reckoned to be in the Class C category.

It was gathered that trouble began last weekend as the Olukare was about leading the celebration of the annual Ikare Day.

A source said in a bid to disrupt the celebration, residents of Okorun quarters of Ikare attacked residents of Okoja quarters leaving the

However, another source, who hinted that the Olukare wanted to shut the Osele market because of the celebration, and was resisted, said; “Some people came to the market with canes to drive traders away because of the Ikare Day celebration but the traders resisted them.”

Meanwhile, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the community, the second time such a restriction would be enforced in the town this year.

Explaining the governor’s decision, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the curfew was imposed based on security reports and credible intelligence, even as he confirmed that some persons have been killed and many others injured in the conflict. – With The Nation report

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