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10 houses razed in Ogun ethnic clash

By Kolade Larewaju
THE animosity between the Aworis and Owu, two ethnic comunities in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, was yesterday renewed as no fewer that 10 houses were razed down by fire following another clash.

A source who does not want his name in print told newsmen that the clash was not unconnected to an attempt to execute a Supreme Court judgment which awarded the ownership of a large parcel of land to the Matanmi family of the Awori stock. As at the time of filing this report, details of the clash could not be ascertained, as no life was not reported to have been lost.

Hostility was said to have started about Noon as the situation but was said to have been brought under control by men of the Ogun State Police Command who rose swiftly. The clash according to the source was the second in the last 15 months just as the residents and the police differ on the immediate cause of the clash.

It be recalled that a bloody clash also erupted in April 2008, which claimed about eight lives over the
installation of Coronet Obas by the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu. State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr.Muyiwa Adejobi, when contacted confirmed the incident, saying that the State Commissioner, Alhaji Hashimu Arugungu, had deployed the Area Commander of Ota and large number of policemen both regular and mobile officers and the Gateway Response Squad team to the scene of the incident.

“We have directed the Area Commander, Ota to mobilise the men to the place, consisting the anti-riot, regular and the men of the GRS. We have the situation under control and I can assure you that the men are up to the task”. He also said that he could not ascertain the extent of damage and that no arrest had been made as at press time.

“I don’t know yet; you know this thing happened this afternoon. I don’t know what triggered the clash; we are trying to find out. The most important thing is to ensure that peace returns to the area.”


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