days after the violent clash between hausa and yoruba communities in
Ile-Ife which claimed many lives and property destroyed, another
communal clash broke out yesterday in Ife North Local Government Area of
Osun during which no fewer than ten persons sustained injuries.
The fresh clash Saturday Vanguard gathered was between the people of Ipetumodu and Asipa in Ife north area of the State.
crisis according to an eyewitness account was said to have started on
Wednesday evening shortly after alleged misunderstanding that broke out
aftermath of inter house sports football competition in the Community
High School Ipetumodu, not far away from Asipa.
allegedly involved youths from both communities. It was further gathered
that some unidentified youths took the 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.
will be recalled that the establishment of Akinola Market on the
disputed portion of land had sparked off crisis last year in the area
before the state government intervention.
It was further learnt
that gun shots were fired into the air to heighten tension in the area.
Though some policemen had been drafted to the area to maintain law and
order, it was gathered that no fewer than ten persons sustained
One of the traditional chiefs who did not want his name
in print laid the blame on Asipa community alleging that the other
community turned a mere school riot to community clash to burn the
He also alleged that this was not the first time that such attack would be carried out against his people.
a leader of Asipa community, Mr 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.
only use the avenue of the Inter house Sport competition to perpetrate
their grievances and three of our people were shot”.
Police Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Folashade Odoro was contacted she
confirmed the clash and said the policemen had been drafted to the area
to maintain law and order.
She said that normalcy has since returned to the area.