Communal Clash In Kwara Leaves 7 Dead – Police
At the on-going hearing of the commission of enquiry set up by the Kwara state government on the lingering crisis between Offa and Erin-Ile, a police inspector from the criminal investigation division has confirmed that seven people were killed during the crisis and not two that have been rumored.
Inspector Gbadebo Adeyemi who was assigned to investigate the mayhem, noted that 9 suspects were arrested for destruction of property worth millions of naira and the loss of about 7 lives which includes a police officer, owner of a hotel and some indigenes of Offa.
He noted that one of the suspects arrested at Oshogbo has been released on bail since no incriminating evidence was found against him adding that 41 persons were injured, 39 already discharged and two still receiving treatment .
The inspector claimed ignorance of the killing of two Erin Ile indigenes adding that both the divisional police officer of Erin Ile and the traditional ruler of did not report such killings.
Another witness for the day is the surveyor general for the state, Lamidi Oyebode who was cross examined by both counsels and explained that his office provided data for the demarcation of the buffer zone and unity road built by immediate past government on the disputed land totaling one thousand seven hundred and thirty two hectares of land.
He denied the notion that the road was purposely built to favor the people of Erin IIe to have access to attacking Offa community adding that the previous state governments have not provided the resources for his office to physically demarcate the boundaries of all local governments in the state.
The chairman of the commission, Justice Sikiru Oyinloye appealed to counsels to maintain decorum and ask questions that could lead to peace in the two communities.