In a conflict between masquerades worshipers in Osogbo and some Muslims on Sunday, at least one person was reported dead, while about 12 others, including children, were injured by gunshots.
The Muslims at their prayer center, Kamorudeen Central Mosque, located at Oluode Aranyin in Osogbo, were shot at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to Metro Times.
Some of the children who were shot are under the age of 17, and they are being treated at various hospitals.
Abduljeleel Ali, a 12-year-old kid who was shot in the chest and leg, Adebayo Awolesin, 15, who was shot in the arm, Taofeeq Fatai, 17, and Maliq Abdukabir, 17, are all being treated at the Osun State University Teaching Hospital in Osogbo.
Osun: One dead, children, others injured as masquerades attack Muslims
The clash resulted in the destruction of a Camry automobile and mosque windows.
According to reports, members of the Kamorudeen Islamic Society of Nigeria held a special prayer for the nation, which was attended by members from throughout the state.
Isiaka Ajagbe, 37, one of the victims said the traditional worshippers were headed by ome Kayode Esuleke.
He said that the masquerade and their worshipers under the protection of the police walkes past the mosque before they returned and descended on them with stones.
“They were first throwing stones and also started firing guns at us. They destroyed the mosque. We are on our own.”
The Imam of the mosque, Kazeem Yunus confirmed that the leader of the organisation in Iwo, Osun State, Moshood Salawudeen was shot in the head and gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital.
“Some of our members, about 12 who sustained bullet injuries have been taken to Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro; Osogbo central hospital and UNIOSUN central hospital while the corpse has been deposited at UNIOSUN teaching hospital mortuary,” he added.