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  • Updated: April 01, 2023

Imam, Others Injured As Traditionalists Attack Mosque In Osun

The Muslim community in Ile-Ife staged a protest on Friday following the alleged invasion of a mosque in the Ilare area by adherents of the Oro cult.

The protesting Muslim community members revealed that on Thursday, the Oro traditional worshippers entered the mosque, where some Muslims had gathered to observe the 4 pm prayers, and attacked those they found in the building.

They also reported that the Chief Imam of the mosque, Abdul-Lateef Adediran, was injured in the face and five other worshippers were allegedly stabbed during the attack.

"We were in the mosque to pray. Some people were performing ablution when the Oro worshippers entered the mosque."

The victims have demanded the arrest of those behind the attack.

A protesters, Tajudeen Adesiyan, who spoke to journalists, said a petition had been written to the police, adding that the worshippers also came under a similar attack in November last year.

The spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, said normalcy had returned while investigation would continue to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the incident.

The spokesperson for the Ooni, Moses Olafare, said the Ife traditional council was on top of the matter.

“The leadership of the Muslim community in Ife is also involved in the peace meeting currently ongoing.

"Muslims, traditionalists and Christians living in the town have been cohabitating in peace for centuries.

“Baba Ooni is calling on all those involved to allow peace to reign.

"Security agents, leaders of the traditionalists and the leadership of the Muslim community are meeting to address the issue,” Olafare added.

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