Representatives of Ile-Ife and Modakeke communities in Osun State have denied reports of communal clash between both villages, describing the news circulating on social media as fake.
There had been reports of sporadic gunshots heard around the Alaro Area of Modakeke in the early hours of Monday.
However, the spokesperson for Modakeke Progressive Union, Ven. Debo Babalola, explained that it was a case of armed robbery blown out of proportion.
Babalola said some suspected armed robbers that invaded the area were behind the shootings.
“What happened today was shooting by armed robbers around Alaro community. People heard gunshots and started to panic because Alaro is not far from Ajebamidele community and where the Resort Centre of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is located.
“People just heard gunshots and were scared. No clash anywhere and the two communities are in peace. I spoke to Baba Obalufe (next in rank to Ooni), and Sarun, (Ooni’s Chief of Staff) and they told me Ife is in peace too. Those spreading the unfounded news are causing tension,” Babalola explained.
Also, the Secretary of Ife Development Board, Lawrence Omidiora, said there is peace in Ife and called on people to stop sharing information creating panic.