Following the lingering crisis over the installation of a new Chief Immam, Osun State Government of Osun ordered the indefinite shutdown of Inisha Town Central Mosque in Odo-Otin Local Government Area in the state.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola , Prince Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo, in a press statement ,on Tuesday due to the inability of the Muslim Community of the town to peacefully install a new Chief Imam for the mosque.
The Government said the decision was made to forestall breakdown of law and order in community.
“The government of the State of Osun hereby announces its decision to shut down Inisha Central mosque in Odo-Otin local government area of the State.
“The government also banned any central congregation at the Mosque for Eid prayers.
“This follows the inability of the Muslim Community of the town to peacefully install a new Imam for the mosque.
“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.
“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.
“Members of the public are advised to be guided by this directive” the statement said