Crisis: Kwara Fulani group alleges death of 10 of its members

* As Police confirm only three casualties

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Members of Gaan Allah Fulani Development Association, Kwara State chapter (GAFDAN) have alleged the killing of 10 of their colleagues in a crisis that erupted between the Fulani and the natives in Oke-Ode in Ifelodun local government area of the state.

However, the state Police Command said only three deaths were recorded in a crisis that erupted in the area.

The state Chairman of the GADFAN, Alhaji Ali Mohammed Jowuro, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, called on the state government and security agencies to address the killings of their colleagues in some parts of the state.

He said: “Over 10 people were killed when youths and locals in Oke-Ode, Ifelodun local government area attacked us and some members of Miyetti Allah.

“Several people were injured including women and children and many houses burnt with over N200 million lost in the process.”

He attributed the attack to youths and locals of the town who, he claimed, “wrongly accused my kinsmen to be behind a robbery attack that led to the death of a woman in the community.”

Jowuro called on security agencies to investigate the matter and fish out those behind the killing of his kinsmen, urging traditional rulers and other concerned authorities in the state to address the issue to ensure peace and peaceful co-existence in the area, and the state as a whole.

Restating the commitment of the Fulani community to the peace and unity of the state and the country at large, lauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration for its efforts towards ensuring security of lives and property in the state.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, Toun Ejire-Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident said: “Only three deaths have been confirmed so far.

“The police are on top of the situation and normalcy has been restored to the area through the effort of the CP, Victor Olaiya. So, we are urging for calm while we continue with the investigation.”



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