Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, said, starting from Saturday and “till further notice”, curfew between 11pm – 5am, has been imposed on indigenes of “Ife township” because of the incessant attacks of criminal minded individuals on people of Ife town in Osun state.
Ooni said this in the statement released by the Lowa of Ife, Abraham Ademola, which reads:
“The Imperial Majesty, Oba Ogunwusi, has ordered lockdown from 11pm to 5am in Ife township from today (Saturday). No vigil, no night party, night prayers in all churches and mosques, among others.
“This is because robbers and bandits’ presence in Ile-Ife is on high which is causing the community sleepless nights.
“The police with the local securities are now in the community to ensure security. Anyone caught within these hours will be treated as such. The restriction is till further notice.”
In a quick reaction to Ooni’s decision, the Osun state government said, also in a statement that, no restriction of movement in Ife township, or any part of the state, as ordered by the paramount ruler.
According to the Secretary to the Osun State Government, SSG, Wole Oyebamiji, said, “there is no curfew of any nature in any part of the state.”
Osun state government statement reads:
“The Government of the State of Osun, wishes to inform the public that, there is no curfew of any nature in any part of the state.”
“The government is assuring citizens that Osun remains safe regardless of the activities of a few criminal elements.”
“This government has never and will not fold its hands while a few criminal elements decide to violate the rights of other citizens.”
“Those found culpable of disrupting the peace of Osun will face the full weight of the law if apprehended.”
“Anyone who has found delight in being a trouble maker, has the option of relocating elsewhere if they cannot do without fomenting trouble.”