An Islamic scholar, Bola Wasiu, was attacked with a machete on his head when armed Oro disciples invaded a Mosque in Idiroko area of Ipokia Local Government of Ogun State and attacked Muslim worshippers.
This sad news is coming barely a month after Esuleke masquerade invaded a mosque in Osogbo and inflicted injuries on Muslim worshippers, which led to the death of Alhaji Moshood Salawudeen, while 14 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
But this latest attack, Muslim News gathered followed alleged imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Idiroko and environs to celebrate the annual Oro festival.
The Oro festival, which started on Saturday with the imposition of daylight curfew, however, turned violent on Tuesday when the traditionalists vented their anger on the Muslim worshippers who were observing the evening prayer.
The Punch had reported that the Oro worshippers attacked an Islamic cleric, Bola Wasiu, with a machete on his head.
He was reportedly rushed to a hospital, as others, including women, were also attacked in the mosque.
The incident, which occurred around Temitope area of Ajegunle-Idiroko, affected Umar Bin Kathab, the same mosque that was attacked two years ago during the Oro festival.
The Imam of the mosque, Abdul Waliy Omo-Akin, explained that members of his congregation were attacked again this year by the Oro adherents.
Omo-Akin said the Oro worshipers violated a court order that nobody must impose daylight curfew anywhere in Ipokia Local Government.
He said, “One of our members, Bola Wasiu, was injured on the head by the Oro worshipers for coming out during the festival in the daylight.
“He left the mosque around 4:00 pm for his farm to feed the fish. He was waylaid and attacked.
“We were able to get hold of three of the attackers and handed them over to the police.
“We had held a meeting with the DPO last week Wednesday where he warned them against daylight ritual. They imposed the curfew since Saturday.
“The people, out of fear, did not go to their places of work. Markets and banks were shut, while schools were also closed.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, promised to confirm the incident from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Idiroko.
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