Nigeria: Police, Community Leaders Douse Fresh Tension in Ife, Modakeke

By Hahmed Bodunrin, 8 February 2002

Osogbo — A timely intervention of the police and elders of Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State on Wednesday averted a clash between youths of the two communities.

A release by Coalition of Modakeke youths Tuesday had warned of the establishment of an internal self government as they observed that an area office was not created for their community as contained in the recommendation of the Olabode George led Peace Committee set up to end the protracted feud between the Ifes and Modakekes.

It was however gathered that the Modakeke youths had followed their warning with protest following the beating of a Modakeke man for allegedly breaking into Ife.

THISDAY learnt that the protest provoked a counter protest from Ife youths who were said to have gathered to prevent unforeseen circumstances. It was further gathered that elders from the two communities quickly rose to the occasion appealing to the youths to avoid any action that could threaten the peace of the area now.

However, when the youths were advancing from both ends towards Lagere shouting their grievances, as well as throwing stones at each other the police moved in to dispatch the mounting crowd.

Speaking on the issue, state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Wole Ayodeji (ASP) said the crisis in Ife was as a result of an alleged burglary adding “only the person alleged was beaten and since the situation has been put under control.

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