The alleged killing of two persons at a mining site in Aruwa village, Atakumosa area of Osun state, has led to a palpable tension in Sabo area of Ile-Ife.

According to reports, the two persons were labourers, one of whom was Hausa and the other Yoruba.

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They were allegedly killed during a brawl at the mining site.

An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said: “The death of that Yoruba labourer is what is presently creating tension amongst Northerners living in Sabo area of Ile-Ife because of their experience in 2017.

“Since many of those Northern labourers reside at Sabo, there is an apprehension that the Yoruba might want to revenge the death of their kinsman the way it happened then, which made those northerners to come out with weapons to defend themselves and their property.”

Meanwhile, tension is building up in the Sabo area of Ife as there were sporadic gun shots that had left many business owners to hurriedly close.

A resident however confirmed that the gunshots were from the security operatives deployed in the area.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer Folasade Odoro said: “The Commissioner of Police has deployed men to the area to douse the tension there. So, there is no reason for people to panic.”