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Kwara govt imposes curfew as Offa-Erinle clash claims lives

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Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

A renewed clash between the Erinle and Offa communities in Kwara state has led Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to imposed curfew on both towns.

According to unconfirmed reports by an eye witness, the clash allegedly claimed some lives which made the Kwara state governor impose curfew between 6p.m. and 8 a.m. until further notice.

The eye witness stated that the clash started as a result of a dispute between members of the National Union of Road transport Worker, NURTW from both communities leading to usage of dangerous weapons.

As at time of filing this report, the witness said that gunshots were still being heard from the warring parties.

The Kwara state government, in reaction, imposed the curfew saying: “The curfew takes immediate effect from 6p.m. today Thursday March 3, 2021. Security agencies have been deployed to enforce the curfew. While security forces on ground are to maintain the peace, military reinforcements from Sobi Barracks and the Mobile Police force from Ilorin have been deployed immediately. All residents are hereby directed to withdraw from the streets of Offa and Erinle and all contested areas immediately. Residents are to stay indoors until the curfew is reviewed,” the governor said in a statement by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“The governor urges residents of both communities and travellers crisscrossing the areas to comply with this directive to save lives and property. He appeals to leaders on both sides to restrain and caution their people against provocative action, and to maintain peace. The security forces are urged to be very firm in dealing with the situation and in enforcing the curfew.”

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