By Sodiq Lawal
At least, Ten people have been reportedly killed in the ancient city of Ile- Ife this morning during a bloody fight between Hausa and Yoruba Community while many were seriously injured.
Presently, the police are evacuating the remains of the dead bodies while those injured are already receiving treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTCH) Ile- Ife while police has besieged major streets in the town.
Properties worth Millions of Naira were damage at popular Sabo market in Ile – Ife, dominated by Hausa community while some of the shops, hunts were razed by the mob who stormed the market in retaliation of an alleged killing of a Yoruba man.
Two different eye witness accounts confirmed the death of over 10 people whose identities could not be ascertained as at the press time
According to an eye witness, Mr Mutiu Olalere said the crisis occurred around 10 am this morning at the popular Sabo market when an Huasa man was reported to have beaten a Yoruba female trader to coma for allegedly obstructing part way leading to the inner part of the market.
Olalere explained that the action of an Hausa trader attracted the attention of the Yoruba traders and in anger retaliated which led to a full blown crisis that claims lives and properties.
Another trader in the market who identified herself as Mrs Bolanle Ajala said after the retaliation, some Hausa youths were coming out from different locations inside the market with in guns, sword and other dangerous weapons to attack the Yoruba traders and in the process killed and injured many people.
A detachment of police with Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) has however dispatched the mob from the market while the majority of the Hausa traders have already deserted the market.
Irritate youths also attacked journalists and burnt their cameras while trying to record the damaged properties as almost all shops on the road sides in the market were already razed.
Effort to speak with the Commandant of mobile police detachment to confirm the number of casualties proved abortive as he declined comments when he was approached by the Ife City News reporter.
Meanwhile thousands of Youths have stormed the palace of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi protesting the alleged excess of the Huasa trader who according to them have been terrorising the people of Ile –Ife.
The protesters are among others demanding that the Hausa traders should be banished from the ancient city.