The communal clash between the two neighborly towns of Ilobu and Erin-osun, both in Irepodun local government area of Osun State, flared up again Sunday, after hours of quietude Saturday evening.
Several reports said close to five people were killed at Erin on Saturday when youth from Ilobu, protesting delineation of boundaries as part of an ongoing national population EAD phase 12, also known as land demarcation, stormed the Oke Awesin area of Erin Osun with dangerous weapons.
Several houses in the area, which the Ilobu claimed ought to be part of their town, were destroyed along with tens of vehicles in the attack that began around 3pm on Saturday. No fewer than 11 persons also sustained bullet injuries in the clash.
Residents of the two towns, mostly youths, gathered at their palaces till 11pm on Saturday as those who sustained bullet injuries were taken to hospital for treatment.
CityVoice learnt that Erin youth on Sunday launched a reprisal attack on Ilobu, destroying houses and vandalising cars in return.
“Nobody could sleep since yesterday,” Esther Asabi, a native of Erin said Sunday morning. “Since Saturday afternoon, all you will hear are sounds of gunshots. Nobody can come into Erin from Osogbo as Ilobu youth mounted a blockade at Ojutu Bridge. The only way into the town now is through Ede.”
Asabi said no church opened for service at Erin today, as residents huddled at home.” We don’t know what is happening at Ilobu, but Erin is mostly indoors. ”
Ismaila Laniyan, a resident of Ilobu also spoke of the desolation in the town.” People from Erin are now attacking us and burning houses,” he said. “There are gunshots being fired all over the place.”
As news filtered across the communities, youth mobilised themselves to the disputed area where two houses were said to have been vandalised.
On Saturday, five persons reported to have sustained gun injuries were taken to Ilobu palace where they are said to be attended to by local hunters.
The Erin palace also organized treatment for the injured, while arrangement are ongoing for the burial of the killed, including a popular youth leader known as Bugalu.
The state police command spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said two persons from Ilobu, Azeez Adamu and Abdullah Tairu were shot in the legs during the crisis.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode is reported to have visited the palace of Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan for peace meeting, assuring citizens of restoration of peace.