30 January 2013

Nigeria: 10 Feared Dead in Renewed Offa/Erinle Clash

Ilorin — The age-long hostilities between Offa and Erin-Ile communities in Offa and Oyun local government areas of Kwara State resurfaced on Monday night, leaving 10 people dead.

It was gathered that trouble started when a vehicle belonging to an Erin-Ile indigene hit an Offa man's car leading to serious argument which snowballed into fracas.

10 lives and properties worth millions of naira were said to have been lost in the bloody clash.

A source in the area told Daily Trust yesterday that sporadic gunshots were fired thereby spiralling the tension in the communities and forcing many people indoors.

The latest crisis came barely a month after a similar clash involving indigenes of the two communities left many injured amidst tension of imminent reprisal attacks.

Following the raging tension, security agents from the state police command were drafted to the warring communities to maintain law and order.

However, state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Olufemi Fabode denied that "10 or five people" lost their lives in the fresh crisis, saying the police had deployed more mobile police men to normalise the situation.

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