Monday, 15 December 2014

Two killed as Ibadan communities clash over land

Two persons were said to have died on Monday in a land dispute between rival parties from Lalupon and Erunmu, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Eyewitnesses said armed youths from both communities, which are situated on the outskirt of Ibadan, clashed over parcels of land situated along the border lines separating the two communities on Friday.

The fight continued until Monday, leaving two persons dead and several people injured.

A source said, “A man of Lalupon origin was attacked by youths on Friday evening when he went to bury something that was suspected to be charms on the disputed land. From what I know, the two communities agreed sometimes to stay away from the land after years of disputes over its ownership."

“There was reprisal by the supporters of the man that was attacked and violence spread in both communities."

“Jamiu Akanji and Wasiu Adeyemi were killed in the attack while many people were wounded.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State,  Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the attacks and the number of deaths.

He added that Adeyemi was buried before the police could reach the embattled areas.

He said the quick response of the police prevented the crisis from escalating to other communities.

Ajisebutu explained that Akanji was killed around 4.30am at Erunmu while Adeyemi, who also hailed from Erunmu, was allegedly killed at about 2.30pm on Sunday.

No arrest had yet been made by the police but the PPRO said the leaders of both communities had held a meeting with the command, stressing that peace had returned to the areas.