By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

Two Nupe communities in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State yesterday engaged themselves in a hostility, which as at press time had reportedly resulted in the burning of a Church and a school on both sides.

It was gathered that Tsaragi and Kange which have Share; a community that had for decades been at war with Tsaragi in the middle were fighting over their boundary portions.

Share, the Ifelodun Local Government headquarters is a Yoruba town in between the two warring Nupe communities, with some difficulties to expand as a council head office.

This is believed to be the major reason behind a bloody friction for a long time in the area.

Meanwhile, government had said in a statement said it has taken immediate steps to calm down the build-up tensions in the warring communities.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Rafiu Ajakaiye, said that the “state government has taken immediate steps to maintain peace in Tsaragi/Kange communities.”

The statement added that “security agencies have been deployed and are doing a good job. Government appeals to all sides to keep the peace while the development is being monitored.
Ajaikaiye said, “His Excellency, the governor is talking every other minute with the leaders on all sides.”

A source in Share community, as at the time of filing this report told this reporter that though there was a thick tension earlier on Thursday, a combined team of the special detachments of the Nigerian Army and the Police had been deployed to the area at the instance of the state government.

He said, “By the end of today, the tension would have died down as usual. We are used to it. Even though the dimension it takes this time around, looks more threatening.”


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