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Again crisis hits Ondo, houses burnt, 2 feared dead

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Ikare-Akoko, a town in Akoko Northeast local government area of Ondo State, has been thrown into chaos once again as sporadic gunshots were heard throughout the area. This crisis caused many shop owners and market women to close their shops abruptly, leading to significant disruptions in commercial activities. According to reports, two people have been feared dead, while several houses were burnt during the ongoing mayhem between two warring factions in the community.

The exact cause of the crisis is yet to be ascertained, but it is causing unrest and tension amongst the residents. Some of the residents who spoke with reporters over the phone bemoaned the inadequate security presence in the town. They urged the Ondo state government to declare an immediate curfew and find a lasting solution to the incessant and senseless conflicts that have plagued the town in recent times.

The state government had set up a committee to look into communal and religious issues that were causing unrest in the town. However, the committee is yet to submit its report, and the current crisis seems to have caught them unawares. Meanwhile, security agents have been deployed to the ancient town to maintain law and order.

In times like this, the safety of lives and property is of utmost importance, and it is imperative that the government takes urgent steps to restore calm in the affected areas. The crisis in Ikare-Akoko is a reminder that communal and religious conflicts are still prevalent in Nigeria, and urgent measures must be taken to address them.

The crisis in Ikare-Akoko is a sad reminder of the need for the government to prioritize the security and welfare of its citizeuns. The authorities must ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to book, and measures put in place to prevent such occurrences from happening again. The people of Ikare-Akoko deserve to live in peace and harmony, and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that this becomes a reality

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