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Osun shuts Mosque, bans Eid prayers in premises

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Osun State government, yesterday shut down Inisha Central Mosque, Inisha, in Odo-Otin Local Government Area over religious crisis that engulfed the community recently.

A statement issued by Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prince Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo, in Osogbo said the closure was part of efforts to restore peace in the mosque.

The state government also banned any central congregation at the Mosque for Eid prayers. It was gathered that the closure followed inability of the Muslim community in the town to peacefully install a new Imam for the mosque.

Binuyo said: “Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, as part of efforts to ensure security of life and property 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 death of two Imams in quick succession. Security operatives have been deployed to the town to enforce the closure and ban on Eid prayers

“This directive will be in place until reconciliatory process towards amicable resolution is concluded.”

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