- Ooni wades in, calls for calm
The Osun State Police Command on Friday, confirmed the killing of five persons by unknown gunmen in Ile-Ife.
The spokesperson of the command, Yemisi Opalola, a Superintendent of Police, who gave the confirmation, said that the victims were on motorcycles on their way to their farm, when they were ambushed and killed.
Consequently, Opalola said that the Police Commissioner, Olawale Olokode, had deployed police tactical team and officers to forestall breakdown of law and order in the area.
She also added that investigation had commenced on the circumstance behind the killing, assuring that perpetrators of the heinous crime would be brought to justice.
Opalola said that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi had also waded into the matter by appealing to his subjects to maintain peace, as a way of preventing the situation from escalating.
It was gathered that the farmers were ambushed and killed while passing through a town in Ile-Ife to their farm.
The killing has, however, generated tension in Ile-Ife owing to fear of a reprisal attack from people of Modakeke, a neighbouring town, thus resulting in many Ile-Ife residents hurriedly closing their businesses.
Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities, however, have a long history of communal clashes, which had led to loss of many lives and destruction of property.