Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke on Friday, imposed a 24-hour curfew in the communities of Ilobu and Ifon, effective immediately.
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi announced this in a statement.
The statement said the curfew was to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the two communities.
According to Alimi, the governor also imposed the curfew to prevent the escalation of the crisis and prevent further loss of lives and property.
On Thursday, a communal clash involving the two communities broke out and led to the killing of about eight people.
The crisis reportedly erupted due to an ongoing land dispute, according to sources.
The statement reads, “To maintain lasting peace and order pending when the issues at hand would be amicably resolved, Governor Ademola Adeleke in his executive capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the State, has ordered the immediate take over of the disputed lands/areas by his administration.
“In the same vein, the government has ordered that anyone or group of persons found or seen doing one thing or the other on the disputed lands/ areas would be made to face the full wrath of the law, accordingly, by Osun State government.
“Therefore, in strict compliance with the 24-hour curfew now imposed, the Adeleke administration has also ordered strict restriction of both human and vehicular movements in the affected areas and communities, until otherwise directed by His Excellency, the State Governor and the Chief Security Officer of Osun state.
“Accordingly, officers of the Joint Security Task Force comprising, the Nigerian Army, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps have been directed by His Excellency, to be on a 24-hour surveillance of the two communities with a view to ensuring a lasting peace.”