Osun communal clash leaves 6 dead

No fewer than six persons have been reportedly killed in clashes between Ifon and Ilobu communities of Irepoodun Local Government Area of Osun State.

It was gathered that a Divisional Police Officer, alongside three other policemen, were shot and their patrol van razed.

Taofeek Adewale, a resident of Ilobu, told Radio Nigeria that several houses were razed in overnight attacks in the two communities, which are headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area and Orolu LGA.

Some houses were also burnt at Okanla Community, which is located inbetween the two warring communities.

When contacted, the Spokesperson, Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed that the DPO of Ilobu was among the four officers that were shot during the fighting.

According to her, “they burnt a new Police patrol van yesterday. They alleged us of taking sides”.

She said the four personnel who were shot were receiving medical care at the hospital.

Upon visitation by newsmen to the border of the two communities, residents were deserting their homes, while corps members observing their national service were being evacuated from the warring communities by security operatives.

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