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4 feared dead in fresh Share, Tsaragi communal clash

30 injured, 50 houses burnt

By Demola Akinyemi

ILORIN—No fewer than fourpeople were feared dead while thirty others were injured and  50 houses razed in renewed  communal clash between the people of Share and Tsaragi despite the curfew imposed by Kwara State Government.

Vanguard reliably gathered that  30 other people sustained serious  injuries in Share town in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State yesterday following the invasion of the town  by people suspected to be youths  from Tsaragi.

Soldiers keep watch

Already, soldiers from Sobi army baracks, Ilorin have been drafted to the warring towns so as to support the anti-riot policemen drafted to the town on Saturday when the crisis resumed.

Also, churches, mission houses,  and schools with  equipped ICT facilities  were reportedly burnt during the incident.

The two communities of Share and Tsaragi in the state had been engaged in face-off over a land dispute.

On Saturday, no fewer than 20 people reportedly sustained serious injuries when the clash between the two towns resumed over the invasion of the disputed land.

Sources in the town told Vanguard that the irate youths suspected to be from Tsaragi town,   armed with dangerous weapons including guns, invaded Share town and started burning some houses allegedly belonging to the people of the town.

The sources informed that  the invasion by the irate youths suspected to be from Tsaragi town took the people of Share unawares as the earlier presence of anti-riot policemen drafted to the warring towns gave them assurance of full protection until the irate youths came to attack the Share community with dangerous weapons.

Church, schools razed

Eye witness account who sought anonymity from the war zone said that the irate youths of Tsaragi have reportedly burnt United Missionary Church, Share, the mission houses of the pastors, the UMCA school, the Muslim Community High School and set ablaze the ICT centres in the affected schools in the ancient town.

Vanguard further gathered  that some of the injured people have been taken to a private hospital in Share for proper medical attention.

Shops closed

Sources added that the incident prevented many Christians from the towns  from attending yesterday’s church services while many residents  closed their shops and business premises to avoid being attacked by the irate youths.

The sources added that the army from the Sobi barracks have been working well to ensure normalcy returned  after the burning of the houses in the ancient town of Share.

Contacted, the state police command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident saying that ”only three houses have been burnt.”

 


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