The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Wednesday hosted the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, th monarch said he was in Ife to formally congratulate Ooni on his ascension to the throne and to appreciate him for his role following the recent clash between Hausas and Yorubas in Ife. The clash caused the death of at least 46 people, according to the police. The emir thanked his host and the people of Ife for the warm reception given to him and prayed for the continued relationship between Kano Emirate and Ife Kingdom. He added that: “My visit here today is a happy and sad one. It is a happy one because it is an opportunity for me to come and formally congratulate you on your enthronement and it is a sad one because it is in connection with the sad incidence that occurred at Ile-Ife recently”. Mr. Sanusi also commended the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, for setting up a commission of enquiry to look into the matter and immediate cause of the incident and to recommend appropriately so as to avoid future re-occurrence and to ensure that justice is done.
An ethnic clash in Osun State between Yorubas and Hausas has caused at least 5 deads and many injuried. The crisis started in the ancient area of Sabo (mainly occupied by Hausas) and it lasted two days, destroying properties and shops. Still on wednesday Ife indigenes were seen going around Sabo with machetes, knives and other dangerous equipment. Residents reported that the conflict had begun when a vehicle driven by a Yoruba man hit the wife of a Hausa trader, which led some youth to attack the vehicle with machetes. Right when the situation seemed to be rebrought under control, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, went for a reprisal attack causing an escalation of violence. The angry mob then tried to force the entrance of Sabo and attacked some Hausa traders. Due to the continued breach of the peace in the area, The Osun State government declared a curfew (from 6 pm to 7 am) in the ancient area of Sabo, taking effects from wednesday to friday. The Government also wars those who are involved in these acts, to end them immediately.