The Ekiti State police command said on Monday two people were killed during the celebration of Ogun Onire at Ire-Ekiti area of the state.
The celebration held at the weekend had divided residents of the community into two factions following the decision of the town monarch, Oba Victor Bobade, to enforce a government ban on traditional festivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the community.
The state government had banned the celebration of traditional festivals across the state and directed traditional rulers to ensure strict compliance.
The command Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the killing of the two persons, said the violence started on Sunday.
Abutu said: “There has been crisis in the community since Sunday.
“We have been trying to quell it.
“Some groups of youths came to the palace and attacked the place, destroyed things, and burnt some vehicles that belonged to the king.
“We got a distress call and had to mobilise policemen there and we were able to rescue the chiefs from the palace.
“We are still monitoring the situation.”
Sources said the victims were hit by stray bullets while making attempts to quell the crisis that paralysed business activities for the most part of Monday.
A vehicle belonging to the monarch was also set ablaze by some irate youths who were not happy with the decision to stop the festival.