The Oloba of Oba Oke , Oba Dahunsi Iyiola, narrowly escaped death when youths of Oba Ile invaded his palace and razed it down alongside other buildings in the town during renewed hostilities between the two communities.
According to sources, crisis started when the people of Oba-Ile stormed Oba-Oke after the celebration of their annual Oro festival.
The source said: “The crisis happened when the Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Adebisi Adeeyo, was celebrating Oro festival and the youths prevented neighbouring villagers to cross their boundary.”
The youths were said to be in possession of different weapons: cutlasses, guns and machetes and both communities freely used them, causing injuries of various degrees.
Some policemen deployed to end the chaos were also said to have narrowly escaped being killed as some of the hoodlums opened fire on the police van which brought them to the troubled zone. However, the warring parties were eventually overpowered and normalcy was restored in the area.
The two communities are said to have turned the clash between them into an annual ritual.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba, confirmed the incident in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Folasade Odoro.
The CP stated that the situation had been brought under control by men of the command, who stopped the crisis from degenerating into a total breakdown of law and order.
The statement read, “We received information from Oba police post that some men were fighting with dangerous weapons; that they had moved to the Oloba Oke palace and set the palace ablaze.
“No person was injured. The Oloba of Oba-Oke, Oba Dahunsi Iyiola, whose palace was razed down before police arrival, was rescued from the scene unhurt.
“It happened that Oloba of Oba-Ile, Adebisi Adeeyo, was celebrating Oro festival and some youths prevented others from passing across their boundary.”