Suspected gunmen believed to be herdsmen have killed five farmers at Share, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Confirming the attack, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the dead, who are from Tsaragi, were killed by suspected herdsmen while working on a farm at Share.
He dismissed any link of Share people in the attack, adding that the two communities have been living together in peace with the constant presence of security personnel.
He confirmed that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing and assured that the police will soon get to the root of the matter.
Mr Okasanmi further noted that the state government has declared a curfew in the two communities to guard against the breakdown of law and order.
Share which shares boundary with Tsaragi has been embroiled with one another over land disputes for years and have witnessed four clashes that resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property on both sides in recent times.
The Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 26 members of two cult groups involved in a clash.
The cultists are suspected to be students of Kwara State Polytechnic.
However, the management of the school denied the clash ever took place adding that the school had earlier finished its academic session and closed the school.
Confirming the arrest, the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, said one death occurred inside the polytechnic while another death occurred as a result of reprisal attacks at Agbo Oba area of Ilorin.
He noted that 43 arrests were made while 26 would soon be charged to court.
The Deputy Rector, Ahmed Ayodele, noted that the students union election venue where the alleged cult member was killed, was supervised by security operatives, maintaining that it was held without hitches.
At the spot where the cult member was said to have been killed, some student leaders were seen putting finishing touches to the construction of some structures while the President of the Students’ Union Government, Abdurahman Muhammad denied the death of the student.
He confirmed the death of a cult member outside the school but not within the school premises.
Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday around Sawmill Area of Ilorin, as men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) allegedly shot and killed an innocent person while trying to arrest the driver of a vehicle conveying contraband goods.
Confirming the death, the Police Public Relation Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, noted that the Police have been dispatched to maintain law and order, adding that it was while trying to force the vehicle to stop that the Customs men fired bullets that eventually killed one person.
A shop owner who was an eyewitness described the incident as commando styled by the men of the Customs who came in 2 buses pursuing a Toyota commercial bus coming from Lagos but which was stopped on the Eyenkorin axis.
He noted that the officers vandalized the bus when they caught up with it at the Sawmill area and engaged in sporadic shooting which later hit one person.
Another eyewitness noted that it was the process of trying to tow the vehicle by the Customs, which the people resisted, that led to the shooting of the person who was trying to ensure the safety of the injured driver.
On inspection, the 18-seater Toyota bus, with registration number KWARA SHA 136 XA, was carrying different brands of body cream, lotion and toothpaste.
The dead victim, who lived in the area, was said to have bought a new Sienna bus three weeks ago and brought out the bus for washing when the unfortunate incident occurred.
It was also reported that angry youths had set up bonfires preventing motorists from plying the ever busy Sawmill-Geri-Alimi Road in protest of the killing.
Though no arrest has been made, the Police PRO gave assurance that the situation was under control.