The royal father,  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has appealed to the two warring communities of Offa and Erin-Ile in Kwara to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.

 

The royal father, who is the Chairman, Kwara Council of Chiefs, made the appeal in Ilorin on Friday in a statement by his spokesman AbdulAzeez Arowona.

 

Arowona quoted the Emir saying that he received the news of the renewed feud between Offa in Offa Local Government Area and Erin-Ile in Oyun Local Government Area of the state with disappointment and sadness.

 

“Kwara is known nationwide as the gateway between the northern and southern regions of the country, which makes it to be very important to Nigeria’s national unity and cohesion.

 

“It is high time the people of the two communities embraced each other as brothers and sisters and continue to live in peace and harmony.

 

“I, therefore, appeal to His Royal Majesty, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II and His Royal Majesty, the Elerin of Erin-Ile, Oba Abdulganiyu Ajibola Olusookun II, to prevail on their subjects to sheathe their swords,” Sulu-Gambari said.

 

NAN reveal that the traditional ruler commended Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for taking proactive measures towards ensuring that law and order were maintained between the warring communities.

 

Recall that the state government had on Thursday imposed curfew from 6 p.m to 6 a.m on the two communities as part of measures to ensure orderliness as it was reported that one person was feared killed in a renewed clash between Offa and Erin-Ile communities in Offa and Oyun local governments of Kwara State.

 

It was gathered that the hostilities between members of transport unions in the two councils, which began on Wednesday, escalated on Thursday.

 

Unconfirmed source said about five persons died in the clash.

 

There was a report of gunshots and use of weapons during the fracas. The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office in the area was reportedly set ablaze by hoodlums.

 

It was also gathered that the crisis was between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) over a space of land earlier declared as unity land between Offa and Erin-Ile communities.

 

L-R: Secretary to the State Government Prof. Mamman Saba Jubril; Elerin of Erin-ile Oba Abdulganiyu Ibrahim Ajibola Olusokun II; Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II; and Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq;

 

Sources said the government had disallowed transporters from using the land as a motor park over previous crises, which reportedly resulted in communal clashes in the past.

 

It was gathered that the recent crisis was caused by members of the transport unions when they planned to operate a motor park on the land, resulting in attacks.

 

The state government has imposed curfew on the two towns.

 

In a statement, Governor AbdulRaman AbdulRazaq’s spokesman Rafiu Ajakaye said the curfew would be in force between 6pm and 8am until further notice.

 


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