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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

OFFA/IJAGBO KWARA STATE COMMUNITY CRISIS FEBRUARY, 21

Communal clash, on Wednesday morning, broke out between the people of Offa in Offa Local Government Area and the people of Ijagbo in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State during which one person was said to have been killed and about twenty one persons injured, including two mobile policemen.
However, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has vowed to deal decisively with the perpetrators of the communal clash no matter how highly placed, describing the development as unwarranted and avoidable.
During the mayhem, the prestigious Offa Central Hotel was destroyed while a motorcycle was also seen burnt.

Exchange of gun shootings by local hunters from both communities lasted till the afternoon leaving the entire area deserted, while business activities were paralysed.
Motorists plying Ijagbo to Offa to Osogbo and Lagos have been diverted by the motor unions  as a result of the development even as  atmosphere of tension and pandemonium enveloped the two warring communities.
Unconfirmed reports spoke to DAILY SUN that the crisis was caused by the claims to Oyun Baptist High School in Ijagbo by the people of Offa, while another account  said that ‎a land in the border line between the two communities was the reason.
Another source also claimed that there was a latest Court of Appeal judgement on a large space of land around Community secondary school around the border area in favour of Offa community which sparked off angry reaction by the people of Ijagbo.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),Kwara State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the development, said, “At about 0800hrs, report reached the Area Commander Offa, indicated that a land dispute between Ijagbo and Offa communities was getting Out of hands.
Hence, a peace meeting was organised by Chairman Oyun Local Government Area, Mr. Omokanye, having the Area Commander and other stakeholders in attendance.
Violence, however, erupted while the meeting was still in progress, and sounds of gun fire rented the air. The hoodlums shot at the security agents deployed to maintain peace, in the process two policemen and a Naval rating were injured, and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
No civilian casualty recorded, more policemen have been drafted to the crisis area to maintain peace, some suspects have been arrested and are helping the police in investigation




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