From James Azania, Lokoja


No fewer than eight folks, final Friday, sustained severe accidents, in clashes between members of two rival Islamic sects over management on the Central mosque in Okene, Kogi State.

The conflict was mentioned to be a spillover of lingering crises between the Tijjaniya and Sunni sects, over who occupies the place of Chief Imam, following the demise of the previous occupant of the place, Alhaji Musa Galadima, who died in April 2019.

In keeping with an eyewitness, Friday’s conflict on the Central mosque reared its head jiffy to the graduation of the Friday Juma’at prayer, when one Mallam Bello Hussaini, a member of the Sunni sect allegedly addressed Sheik Salihu Abere because the Appearing Chief Imam, when he entered the mosque.

The assertion was mentioned to have irked one Momoh Jimoh, a member of the rival Tijjaniya group, who demanded an for apology from the Sunni member, “for being impolite to the Chief Imam.”

Altercation nevertheless ensued and the Sunni members allegedly pounced on Jimoh, beating him to stupor leaving him with severe damage on the pinnacle.

A free for all was mentioned to have ensued main many who got here to watch the juma’at to run in several instructions.

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The crises was mentioned to have lasted for near an hour earlier than policemen and troopers got here to the rescue, bringing the scenario beneath management.

Earlier than the intervention nevertheless, no fewer than eight folks from either side sustaining varied levels of damage.

A civil servant, Abdulsalam Mohammed Bashir, who was within the moaque in the course of the fracas described the incident as unlucky.

“I used to be there when the Sheik Salihu Abere the Chief Imam entered the mosque to preside over the juma’at prayer.

“To the shock of many individuals within the mosque, Bello Hussaini stopped his pre-hutuba Sermon and introduced that the appearing imam is round as a substitute of him to mentioned the Chief Imam. This was the reason for the mayhem that resulted to battle the place Ibrahim Ochi, Ibrahim Ojivo , Momoh Jimoh and one different individual was severely injured,” he mentioned.

He known as on the state authorities and the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim to do the needful by turbaning Sheik Salihu Abere, who he mentioned has been chosen to occupy the place of the Chief Imam of Ebiraland, to finish the bickering surrounding the place.

Reacting on the allegations leveled in opposition to Sunni group, Ustaz Bello Hussaini, who was on the centre of the saga, mentioned that Governor Yahaya Bello, final 12 months, directed that Sheik Salihu Abere occupy the place of Chief Imam, in appearing capability, saying since then there was no additional assertion that confirming him as substantive Chief Imam.

Governor Bello is claimed to have summoned the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, the 5 Ohi(s) within the district and eminent personalities from the zone to Lokoja with a view to discovering lasting resolution to the crises.

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