Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile Ife, (pre-degree programme) have sent a Save Our Soul, (SOS) message t0 the Osun State Government over the communal clash between the people of Ipetumodu and Ashipa community degenerates into a full blown war.
Some of the students Sunday, said the fighting, which started last Wednesday, had yet to be resolved.
One of the students, Dapo Adekanmi, said some of his colleagues, who were living at a private hostel at Ipetumodu, escaped being killed when their hostel was razed by the rampaging youths from Ashipa community.
He told, The PUNCH: “The fighting between these two neighbouring communities is putting the lives of many people in danger especially the students, who are living in the disputed area. Some hoodlums, who invaded the private hostel when the fight broke out on Wednesday, burnt down the whole building. It was God who saved them (students); some of them would have been killed. Osun State Government should intervene in the warring communities in order to prevent the crisis from escalating. Security agencies should also be firm and they must increase intelligence gathering to forestall a recurrence of such fight.”
Another student, who claimed to be living in Ipetumodu, said he ran away from the troubled zone and went to Lagos as a result of the communal clash.
Craving anonymity, he added that he might not return to school until peace was restored to the town. Oba James Adegoke monarch of Ipetumodu, said hoodlums razed down houses in his community, including a private hostel he built and rented out to some OAU students. He blamed the violence on the people of Ashipa community but some people from Ashipa community also heaped the blame on their neighbours from Ipetumodu.
A community leader in Ipetumodu, Chief Ademola Olaoye, said that there was no fighting on Sunday, noting, however, that the absence of hostilities on the day did not mean that the crisis had been resolved.