Reps ask FG to compensate victims of Ife clash

The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the federal government to disarm the communities bearing arms in Osun State.

The House also asked Osun State government to pay compensation to people who lost their lives and properties in communal clash in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The House committees on Police Affairs, Human Rights, and Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to investigate the incidence.

The House equally resolved to send five member delegates to convey its sympathy to the government and people of Osun State, as well as the Ooni of Ife, Leaders of the Hausa community and other stakeholders and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

The House resolutions followed a motion moved by Hon Muhammed Sani Zorro entitled, communal disturbances at Ile-Ife, Osun State.

He said that, the unfortunate communal disturbances between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in Ile-Ife, Osun State on March 8, should be checked.

He however appreciated the effort of Osun State government, the Nigeria Police Force, traditional rulers and other stakeholders at deescalating tension and restoring normalcy in the wake of the incident.

He then appealed to the media, particularly the social media, socio-cultural organizations and all other commentators to exercise discretion and utmost restraint in reporting and commenting on the incident, so as to avoid raising undue anxiety capable of aggravating the situation.

Most of the lawmakers who spoke called for urgent need to nip the crisis in the bud and as well ensure that there was no future occurrence.

The motion scaled through when the Deputy Speaker, Hon Lasun Yusuf put the motion to vote.