Communities Clash In Kwara Over Land Ownership
A clash broke out on Wednesday between the people of Offa community in Offa Local Government Area (LGA) and the Ijagbo people in Oyun LGA over land ownership.
The misunderstanding over the ownership of the portion of the land by both sides has been on for the past 10 years, during which a mutual understanding had been reached twice.
Channels Television gathered that some youths from Offa reportedly stormed the disputed area on Wednesday morning, destroying the residential building and community hall built on the land while the Ijagbo youths retaliated.
Efforts by police to calm the situation did not yield positive result as officers of the Nigerian Navy were drafted in to bring the situation under control.
Sources also said the roads leading to the two communities were littered with burnt tyres while there were sporadic gunshots which led to three persons being injured.
They added that the injured victims have been taken to the hospital, but residents of the troubled area have remained indoors for fear of being attacked.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said the situation is under control as the police are trying to ensure that it does not escalate.
In his reaction, the state governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, called on the people of the two communities to maintain peace and not take the laws into their hands.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Abdulwahab Oba, Governor Ahmed warned that “government will not allow any breach of peace, harmony and tranquility under any guise in the state”.
He further directed the security agencies to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice and restore law and order in the communities.
The governor assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to prioritise the protection of lives and property for economic growth and overall development.
He also informed residents in the area that the security agencies are fully in charge of the situation and urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.