1 February 2013

Nigeria: Three Died in Offa/Erinle Crisis - Police

Ilorin — The Kwara State police command yesterday gave an account of Offa/Erinle communal conflict, saying contrary to reports, only three people lost their lives in the crisis.

A statement by the Police Spokesman, DSP Fabode Olufemi, said eight people have been arrested in connection with the unrest and they would be charged to court soon.

"The Kwara state police command wishes to inform members of the public, that on 30th January 2013, the age-long land boundary dispute between the indigenes of Offa and Erinle degenerated into serious crisis which led to wanton destruction of lives and properties.

"Three persons died in the incident and not ten as published by some media, several properties were destroyed during the incident.

"Both towns in the crisis recorded losses. Eight persons have been arrested with various calibres of fire arms and ammunition. Investigation is ongoing and those arrested will soon be charged to court," it said.

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