A land dispute between Ijagbo and Offa communities both in Oyun and Offa local government areas of Kwara State respectively has erupted into a crises during which three security agents were seriously injured and presently receiving treatment at undisclosed hospitals.
According to reports, the crises happened as a result of a dispute over the use of land situating on Ijagbo land using Offa address s against afore agreed terms.
As the matter was getting out of hands a peace meeting was organised by Chairman Oyun Local government Area, having the area commander and other stakeholders in attendance.
However, violence was said to have erupted while the meeting was still in progress, and sounds of gun shots rented the air outside the meeting venue.
The Police public relations officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the incident and the number of security agents injured but added that no civilian casualty was recorded as more policemen have been drafted to the crisis area to maintain peace. He said that some suspects have been arrested and are helping the police in the investigation.
The Police image maker informed that the hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons 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.
The Commissioner of Police, Cp Lawan Ado, assures the members of the public of their safety, while advising the citizens of the two communities to embrace peace as anybody arrested for breaking the law and order will be dealt with in accordance to the laws of the land.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has warned that the government will deal decisively with perpetrators of communal clash between Offa in Offa Local government area and Ijagbo in Oyun Local government area of the state.
Governor Ahmed, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, expressed concern over the unwarranted and absolutely avoidable acts in the two communities.
He expressed concerns that some individuals could take laws into their hands despite various established platforms to seek redress and settle emerging communal matters.
The Governor directed security agencies in the state to arrest and bring perpetrators of the crises to justice, and restore law and order in the communities as, according to the governor, “government will not allow any breach of peace, harmony and tranquility under any guise in the state”.
Governor Ahmed who assured Kwarans that his administration would continue to prioritise the protection of lives and property for economic growth and overall development, said security agencies in the state are fully in charge of the situation.
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