The Osun State Government has announced the indefinite closure of Inisa Town Central Mosque, in Odo Otin Local Government Area, following the inability of the Muslim community in the town to install a new Imam for the mosque.
A statement by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Abdullahi Binuyo, said the closure was part of the measures to forestall crisis in the town.
The statement read in part:“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, as part of efforts to ensure security of lives and properties in that axis of the State, directed that the Central Mosque be shut indefinitely to forestall further religious or communal crisis.
“Already the Mosque has recorded the death of two Imams in quick succession.
“This directive will be in place until a reconciliatory process towards amicable resolution is concluded.”
Binuyo also said policemen had been deployed to ensure compliance with the closure and ban on Eid Prayers, adding that the directive would be in place until reconciliatory process towards amicable resolution was concluded.
Recall that Eesa of Inisa, Chief Enoch Ajiboso, took ill and died last December while presiding over a peace meeting at the palace of Olunisa of Inisa, between groups involved in tussle for the post of Chief Imam of the town.