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Kwara to set up commission of inquiry into clashes

The Kwara State government is to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to find out the immediate and remote causes of the recent communal clash between Ilofa and Odo-Owa communities in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Isiaka Gold, said the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed directed the establishment of the judicial panel of inquiry following the receipt of the report of a government delegation deployed to the affected communities for on-the-spot assessment.

Mr Gold described the recent violent clash between the two neighbouring communities as tragic and unfortunate vowing that the State government would prosecute anyone found to have been remotely or directly connected to the crisis no matter how highly-placed.

The Secretary to the State Government assured citizens and residents of the state of their safety, as security agents have been drafted to the area to maintain peace and security.

He therefore urged all residents in both communities and all parts of the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear for their lives or properties.

VON gathered that the crisis which erupted between neighboring Ilofa and Odo-Owa communities in Oke Ero local government area had three people including a graduate shot dead, houses set ablaze and scores of other victims with gunshot injuries..

Eye witnesses also told VON reporters that the crisis started when one of the traditional rulers of the troubled communities went to the market that is jointly owned by the two communities to flag off the annual yam festival which did not go down well with the rival traditional ruler who allegedly invaded the market with hoodlums to dislodge them.

This development thereafter led to the clash between the rival communities which ended up in a bloody situation.

One of the traditional rulers of the affected communities who spoke with VON correspondent in a telephone interview said the situation in the two communities had been brought under control and the situation was now calm.

Meanwhile, armed soldiers and other security operatives have been deployed to the two communities to maintain law and order.

Source: Voice of Nigeria