*KWSG slams dusk-to-dawn curfew on communities
By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
Five persons were confirmed killed on Tuesday in the latest outbreak of violence between Share and Tsaragi Communities in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Also, five persons have been arrested over the incident, according to Spokesman for the state’s police command, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi.
The incident occurred while the state government was still working on the implementation of a White Paper on an earlier violent conflict between the two communities during which several lives were also lost and properties destroyed.
Sources close to the two communities claimed that the victims of the Tuesday’s incident were mainly Nupes from Tsaragi who were resident in Obadare Village, which belongs to Share.
The victims were identified as Aliyu Issah, Muhmini, Alhaji Saba, Madu Issa and Kadiri.
It was gathered that prior to the attack, the Nupes had written an appeal letter to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari asking for his intervention.
They had claimed in the letter that they ran away from their settlement to their ancestral homeland in the wake of the earlier attack on them during the first clash between Share and Tsaragi people.
The letter, which was signed by Issa Aliyu and Jiya Aliyu on behalf of Nupe Community of Obadare, also pledged the readiness of the Nupe people to abide by the conditions of their Share hosts.
They asked to be allowed to return and harvest their crops which had been abandoned while they fled.
It was alleged that the Share people acceded to the request, which prompted the Nupes to return to Obadare but that they were attacked soon after they returned by people suspected to be from Share.
However, a source in Share Community, who is also an indigene of the area, said the Tuesday attack was between Fulani and Tsaragi people and not between Share and Tsaragi communities.
The source, who confirmed that there was no indigene of Share Community among the victim of the clash, said his people had no connection with the attack.
In the meantime, the state government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the two communities following the incident.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold.
”Following the outbreak of crisis between Shaare in Ifelodun Local Government Area and Tsaragi in Edu Local Government Area, the Kwara State Government hereby imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew in both communities with immediate effect.
“No human or vehicular movement is allowed in both communities between 6pm and 7am till further notice. Members of both communities are urged to remain calm and law abiding as government is committed to securing the lives and property of all citizens and residents in the state,” the statement reads.