By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akuredolu and the Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi, the Odundun 11 had appealed to the Hause community and their host , the Yorubas in Akure the Ondo State capital to maintain peace even as tension still runs high following Sundays clash which claimed one person , two houses and five cars as well as properties worth millions of naira.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy Mr Agfbola who visited the Sabo- Odojoka area to access the level of damage appealed to the leaders of the Hausa community and the Elijoka, Chief Taiwo Afolabi to talk to their people to maintain peace .
The Deji of Akure, also in the company of some high chiefs visited the area to appeal for calm. He warned his people not to make life difficult for the Hausas while also warning the Hausa community too that they should not also make life difficult for the Akure people.
The monarch who said that the people are one promised to call a meeting of all the groups involved and meet with the state government to ensure that the peace that is being enjoyed in the sunshine state capital continues.
Daily Trust had eelier visited the Sabo area where shops were seeing under lock and key and a very large number of youths seeing sitting in front of houses.
A house said to have been set ablaze the previous day was still burning while owners of properties destroyed were counting their loses as they discussed in groups.
Security operatives drafted to the scene including policemen, men of the security and civil defence and other agencies were also seeing parading the area to endure no forestall fresh attack.
The crisis was said to have been triggered between traditionalists who were said to be observing Egungun Isopo festival and some Hause traders,.
It was gathered that the Akure community led by the Elijoka had had gone on air announcing the celebration of the Egungun festival and directed residents living along the Sabo-Odojoka street to keep off the streets during the festival which was to last for a day.
However, trouble started when the Egungun (masquerades) and the traditional worshippers were said to have cited a Hausa man pushing wheel barrow attempting to pass through their midst and also attempted to resist the Egungun (masquerade) from passing through the street.
He was said to have been flogged by the masquerade.
The Hausa man supported by some others were said to have fought the masquerade removing its mask .
In about half an hour that followed, there was commotion everywhere as daggers and other weapons were freely used.
The Ondo state commissioner of police Mr Gbenga Adeyanju who led his men to the scene said they have calmed the situation.
as the fight was almost hijacked leading to setting blaze of a building, vehicles and motorcycles .
Contacted, the spokesman for the 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure , .major Ojo Adenegan said they were at the scene on Sunday as a collaborative efforts to curb the situation .
He said in Ondo state there is synergy between all the security agencies which is very cordial and they were able to ensure that properties and lives wren not lost.
The spokesman for the state police command Femi Joseph also told Daily Trust that they were investigating the matter and that no arrest have been made.
Josaeph also said that the command has deployed a good number of offices to the scene .
“The whole machinery of government is on ground here and we will be here to keep vigil and ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order, he added.