April 12, 2021

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One feared killed in renewed clash between Offa, Erin-Ile

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By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

One person was feared dead in a renewed bloody brawl between Offa and Erin-Ile in Offa and Oyun local areas of Kwara state.

It was gathered the hostilities between members of transport unions in the two local government areas allegedly started on Wednesday and escalated on Thursday.

Unconfirmed reports claimed about five persons died in the clash.

There was report of gunshots and use of dangerous weapons during the melee while the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office in the area was reportedly set ablaze by hoodlums.

It was also gathered the crisis was between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) over a space of land earlier declared as unity land between the neighbouring towns of Offa and Erin-Ile.

Sources said the government had disallowed transporters from using the land as motor park over previous, crisis which reportedly resulted to communal clashes in the past.

It was gathered the recent crisis was caused by members of the transport unions when they planned to operate park on the land, resulting to attacks.

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Accordingly, the state government imposed curfew on the two towns of Offa and Erin-Ile.

In a statement, Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq’s spokesperson Rafiu Ajakaye, sai the curfew will be in force between 6pm and 8 am until further notice.

“This follows the renewed hostilities between some groups of persons from the two communities on Thursday.

“The curfew takes immediate effect from 6p.m. today Thursday March 4, 2021. Security agencies have been deployed to enforce the curfew. While security forces on ground are to maintain the peace, military reinforcements from Sobi Barracks and the Mobile Police force from Ilorin have been deployed immediately.

“All residents are hereby directed to withdraw from the streets of Offa and Erin-Ile and all contested areas immediately. Residents are to stay indoors until the curfew is reviewed.

“The Governor urges residents of both communities and travellers crisscrossing the areas to comply with this directive to save lives and property,” the statement reads.