Police in Kwara State has said that a land dispute between Ijagbo and Offa was responsible for the bloody clash between the communities last Wednesday.
Two policemen and a Naval rating were injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Ijagbo is in Oyun Local Government while Offa is in Offa Local Government. The two of share very close boundary thus making it difficult for a visitor to the towns to know the difference.
The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Lawan Ado in a statement said a report reaching his Area Commander Offa “indicated that, a land dispute between Ijagbo and Offa communities was getting out of hands”.
According to him, “a peace meeting was organised by Chairman Oyun Local government Area, having the area commander and other stakeholders in attendance.
“Violence however erupted while the meeting was still in progress, and sounds of gun shots rented the air.
“The hoodlums shot at the security agents deployed to maintain peace, in the process two policemen and a Naval rating were injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
“No civilian casualty was recorded and more policemen have been drafted to the crisis area to maintain peace. Some suspects have been arrested and are helping the police in investigation”, he explained
He had however given assured members of the public of their safety while advising citizens of the communities to embrace peace warning that anybody arrested for breaking law and order would be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad has called for calm among the two warring communities stressing that no meaningful development could be attained in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
He said harmony, which he said was “the treasure of the state should be, made sacrosanct and be protected by all and sundry”.