What Happened When Muslims And Masquerades Clashed
No fewer than 25 people were said to have been injured during a clash between traditional Egungun followers and some Islamic faithfuls in Kishi town.
Trouble started on Tuesday when a Muslim cleric, popularly called Alfa Lati, told the Egungun worshippers, who were celebrating their festival, not to pass through a street located in Koso, in the Mapo area of the town, where he lived.
This ‘order’ obviously angered the traditionalists who then reacted by daring Alfa Lati to do his worst, claiming all legal residents of the town has freedom of movement.
Their procession on the street led to the clash which left many of the Egungun worshippers injured with their masks also removed – a taboo in their world.
They returned for revenge on Wednesday and the fight got even bloodier with at least 15 people injured and taken to a hospital in a nearby town.
The fight coincides with the 20th coronation anniversary of the traditional ruler of the town, the Iba of Kishi, Oba Moshood Arowoduye.
Although the clash has not been linked with the celebration, the Kishi monarch summoned a security meeting on Wednesday, urging that the Egungun festival be halted until the coronation anniversary ended.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Odude, told Punch Newspapers that he was aware of the clash and that he had sent policemen from the Ogbomoso division to ensure the return of peace to the area.