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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Traditional Worshippers Brutalize Muslim Clergyman Over Oro Festival In Ogun




By Our Reporter 

Some traditional worshippers and muslims faithful at Idiroko in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, have again clashed following an alleged restriction of movement directive slammed on residents and visitors of the area as part of rites for this year annual Oro festival celebration.

The Daily Crucible learnt that the clash occurred while some traditional worshippers were, allegedly, trying to enforce the restriction of movement in parts of Idiroko on Tuesday. 

It was learnt that they had on Saturday imposed a curfew on the community preparatory to the Oro festival, but relative peace in the area  was suddenly ruptured when some of the Oro adherents clashed with muslim faithful who were said to be observing their prayer inside a mosque. 

It was also gathered that the Oro adherents allegedly stormed the mosque and attacked Bola Wasiu and others, including women, leading to apprehension and pandemonium.

The assailants inflicted matchete cuts on Bola's head. He was reportedly taken to a hospital for treatment.

The incident occured at Temitope area of Idi-Iroko-Ajegunle, affecting  the same  mosque;  Umar Bin Kathab, which was the target of similar attack two years ago during the Oro festival.

In August 2019, the Oro adherents stormed the mosque while muslims were observing evening prayers, chased them away and smashed the building's window panes. 

Barely two years after, some of the traditionalists also referred to as Oro adhetents clashed with muslim faithful at the same mosque.

It was gathered that during the clash, the muslim faithful summoned courage and withstood the attackers, seized three among them and handed the suspects over to the police in the area.

The Imam of the affected mosque, Abdul Waliy Omo-Akin, said that members of his congregation were assaulted by the Oro adherents in the daylight during the festival.

Omo-Akin said the Oro worshipers breached the agreement reached with  the adherents of the two other religions in the area and the court order that had barred observing of the Oro festival in the daylight.

 "One of our members, Bola Wasiu was injured in the head by the Oro worshipers for coming out during the festival in the daylight .

"He left the mosque around 4:pm for his farm to feed the fish.They waylaid and attacked him. 

"We had held a meeting with the DPO last week Wednesday where he warned them against daylight ritual. They imposed the curfew since Saturday," he said.

Spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he could not confirm the incident until the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area feeds him with information on the incident.

However, our reporter awaits the affected traditionalists' account of the said clash.

 

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