Apparently committed to finding lasting solutions to the incessant communal clashes between Offa and Erin-Ile communities in Offa and Oyun local government areas of Nigeria’s central state of Kwara, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed today on Wednesday 6 February swore-in a 10-member Judicial Commission of Enquiry with a warning that his administration would not condone unlawful border disputes that result in wanton destruction of lives and property.
Assuring that those trying to turn the communities in the state into theatres of violence would fail, Ahmed warned that anyone caught disrupting public order under any guise would be made to face the full wrath of the law irrespective of their status if apprehended.
Notwithstanding that the situation in the two warring communities has been brought under control by security agencies, the governor expressed his administration’s determination to find lasting solutions to the age-long boundary dispute between the duo communities while also ensuring that the tragic events do not recur.
He lamented that what started as a conflict ostensibly over the location of motor parks in both communities was allowed to escalate into violence resulting in the loss of lives and property worth millions of naira.
“Let me make it clear to all concerned that never again will this kind of carnage be allowed to happen in any part of the state. No more will our people live in fear because a few selfish elements are bent on violence,” Ahmed warned.
The Commission’s terms of reference include the determination of the immediate and remote causes of the crisi, the number of lives lost and extent of damage to property, making appropriate recommendations as well as proffering solutions to prevent future recurrence. Of the crisis, among others.
Ahmed, who expressed confidence that members would justify the confidence reposed in them by government, opined that the task ahead of them is arduous while the stakes and expectations are equally high.
Responding on behalf of other members of the commission,its chairman, Justice Adeyinka Sikiru Oyinloye, thanked government for the confidence re posed in them, assuring that they would discharge their duty without fair or favour.