31 January 2013

Nigeria: Communal Clash - Kwara Imposes Curfew in Offa, Erin-Ile

Following Tuesday's bloody clash between the people of Offa and Erin-Ile, the Kwara state government, yesterday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the warring communities

The total curfew which stipulates restriction of both human and vehicular movement is with immediate effect. Though the state police command said that the renewed hostilities between the two communities did not claim any life, an independent source confirmed the death of one person.

A source close to the palace of a monarch in one of the feuding communities confided in LEADERSHIP that a trader from Erin- Ile who had gone to Offa too transact business lost his life in the crisis.

Another source from Offa, however, insisted that the Erin-Ile trader died as a result of the injury he sustained when he had an accident with his motorcycle.

The curfew according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold "is to restore public order in both communities following recent disturbances".

He added that, "all human and vehicular movement is hereby barred in Offa and Erin-Ile.

"In line with this order, the security agencies will deal decisively with anyone found contravening the curfew.

"Furthermore, the state government will bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone who disrupts public order or otherwise incites violence in any part of the state under any guise.

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