Barely a month after traditional worshippers invaded Mosque and shattered its glasses at Idi – Iroko community in Ipokia LGA, Ogun State, Oro adherents at the weekend attacked some Muslims and Christians in the community during the Oro festival.
The Oro adherents were said to have imposed curfew on Idi – Iroko, a border community, but some Muslims and Christians defied the restrictions, hence the attack.
It was learnt that many Muslims and Christians who stood against the act were beaten and their properties were also vandalized.
A victim, Tolahat Yahya alleged that the Oro adherents destroyed his car during the attacks.
“They beat us because we did not obey the curfew order.
“We stood our ground and we ensured we got hold of three of them who we later handed them over to the police.
“The intimidation is too much, they refused to allow us practise our religion despite the agreement that the Oro ritual will not be performed during the day, they did not obey that,” he said.
Speaking with Daily Trust, Imam Abdulazeez Omoakin of the Umar bin Khatab Mosque, which was earlier invaded, hinted that unlike previous attack, the traditional worshippers laid ambush for the victims and beat them “ almost to the point of death.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the nine suspects who were Oro adherents were arrested while committing the act.
The PPRO said the suspects would be charged to court for breach of peace and other criminal acts.
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