There was palpable tension in Sabo Area of Ile-Ife, in Osun State, on Friday, following a violent clash among labourers at a mining site at Aruwa Village in Atakumosa Local Government Area of the state.
An eyewitness said that the fracas claimed two lives out whom one was said to be an Hausa man, while the other was a Yoruba man. The identities of the victims were however yet to be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.
The development, it was gathered, fuelled tension in Ife, following fears of a reprisal against the Hausa community at Sabo area when the news of the incident filtered into the town.
A source disclosed that there were sporadic gunshots by gunmen, leading to tension, which made many business owners in the area to hurriedly close for the day. It was learnt that some schools hurriedly released children to their parents to avoid being caught in the web of crisis.
“The death of that Yoruba labourer is what is currently causing tension among the Northerners living in Sabo area of Ile-Ife, going by their experience in 2017 when the Hausa and Yoruba clashed at Sabo in which many lives were lost,” a source said.
“Since many of those Northern labourers reside at Sabo, there is an apprehension that the Yoruba might want to revenge the death of their kinsman the way it happened then, which made those northerners to come out with weapons to defend themselves and their property,” the source added.