On Friday, members of the Muslim community in Ile-Ife, Osun State, protested the alleged invasion of a mosque in the Ilare region by some Oro adherents.
According to the protesters, traditionalists entered the mosque on Thursday, where some Muslims had congregated to observe the 4 p.m. prayers and attacked those they discovered inside.
In addition to the mosque’s chief imam, Abdul-Lateef Adediran, who was purportedly stabbed in the face, five other worshippers were supposedly stabbed during the attack.
“We were in the mosque to pray,” an eyewitness said, identifying himself only as Kareem for security purposes. When the Oro worshippers entered the mosque, some people were conducting ablution.
“We were aware that they would be seen with Oro, but we did not interfere in their affairs.” They had gone through the neighborhood. They returned later and entered the mosque.
“The imam was trying to ask what their mission was, but they wouldn’t even let him speak before beating all of us.” Six individuals were wounded. Our imam suffered facial damage. All wounded people were taken to hospitals in Ile-Ife.”
During the Friday demonstration, protesters marched through town, stopping at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, but the royal father was not present.
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They urged the arrest of those responsible for the attack.
Tajudeen Adesiyan, one of the protesters who spoke to journalists, said a petition had been submitted to the authorities, and that the worshippers had been subjected to a similar attack in November of last year.
Yemisi Opalola, a spokesperson for the Osun State Police Command, said normalcy had returned while investigations into the incident’s distant and immediate causes continued.
According to Moses Olafare, the Ooni’s spokesman, the Ife traditional council is on top of the situation.
“The leadership of the Muslim community in Ife is also involved in the current peace meeting.” For generations, Muslims, traditionalists, and Christians have coexisted peacefully in the town.
“Baba Ooni is urging all parties involved to allow peace to reign.” Security agents, traditionalist leaders, and Muslim community leaders are meeting to discuss the problem,” Olafare added.
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