Communal conflict: Kwara govt imposes curfew on Offa, Erinle

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Offa and Erinle towns.

According to a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, the curfew will take immediate effect from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2021.

This followed the renewed hostilities between some groups of persons from the two communities on Thursday.

It would be recalled that there has been an age-long crisis between the two ancient towns.

He added that security personnel will be deployed immediately to enforce the curfew, while those on the ground already are to maintain peace.

He added: “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 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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