By Mustapha Usman
As peace is slowly returning to Sabo Ile-Ife area of Osun State after a ethnic clash that claimed at least 30 lives, the Hausa residents of the area are fleeing in droves over fears and threats of further attacks.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that over 100 vehicles fully loaded with the Hausa residents, mostly women and children, have left for North over the weekend.
“Even today (Sunday), I saw over 20 buses loaded with our people. Majority of them are women and children,” said a resident, Nazifi Musa.
“Even myself, mother and sisters are awaiting transport money from our relatives in Kano to leave the town.”
The police on Thursday last week said the mastermind of ethic killings in Ile-Ife has been arrested, just as the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered the deployment of Police Special Intervention Force comprising, anti-riot police, counter-terrorism force, intelligence response team, among others.
A statement by the spokesman of the Nigeria Police, Jimoh Moshood, said the special force is led by the Commissioner of Police from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“Their operations will cover the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State,” said Mr Moshood.