Land dispute: Kwara Govt sues for peace between 2 communities

The Kwara Government has called on the two feuding communities in the state over a land tussle to sheathe their swords and ensure peaceful coexistence.

The Renaissance reports that the people of Edogi Dukum and Tako Gabi in the Lafiagi Emirate Council of the Edu Local Government of the state have engaged in a clash on Tuesday over the land bordering the two communities.

More than five people were seriously injured in the fracas.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Ahman-Pategi, during her visit to the area on Saturday, urged for calm while the government proffer a lasting solution.She said that the visit was to strategize with members of the two communities on how to find a lasting solution to the conflict.

According to her, the government would ensure that both sides involved in the dispute come together as one family.

According to her, peaceful resolution of the age-long land dispute between the two communities is paramount because Kwara is known to be a peaceful state.

“I wish to plead with everyone to forgive and forget the past and show love to each other.

“This singular gesture will further assist in lifting up the communities for better future and positive development,” she said.

While expressing her happiness at the current situation on the ground, she stated that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq would be very happy with the peaceful resolution to the land disputes.

She also expressed delight that the warring factions had come together and agreed to find a common ground and proffer permanent solutions to their dispute.

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The commissioner told the Boundary Committees of both communities to report back to her office on the final outcome of the matter.

Briefing the commissioner on the situation, the Representative of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, said that the Emir of Lafiagi and the State Boundary Committee have agreed on a permanent solution.

Mohammed, who is also the Director, Special Services, said that security operatives, the warring communities, as well as other relevant stakeholders, have similarly agreed on a permanent solution.

According to him, this require a visit to the site and the demarcation of the land by the State Office of the Surveyor-General with clear indications on what belongs to each community to forestall future reoccurrences.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also be signed by all the parties,” he said.

The director commended the timely visit of the commissioner and assured her that the detailed MoU agreement would be forwarded to her office for record purposes, signed by all parties to the agreement.

Earlier, the commissioner had paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Lafiagi, HRH Alhaji Saadu Kawu Haliru (OFR) to brief him on the purpose of her visit as well as to seek his royal blessings.

She thanked the royal father for the maintenance of peace in his domain and his support for the present administration in his policy drive for a better Kwara.

The Emir, in his response, thanked the commissioner for the visit and her zeal in seeking first-hand information about the dispute.

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The royal father also stated the disputes had been permanently resolved with the demarcation of the disputed land.

The Director, Personnel Management of the local government council, Prince Timothy Adeyemi, disclosed that amicable grounds had been agreed upon and assured that such incidents would not be repeated.

He also commended the royal father for his fatherly role in ensuring the parties agreed to allow a permanent and peaceful resolution.

Adeyemi assured the commissioner that the council would make available the details of the MoU to her Ministry and relevant stakeholders. 

From Our Correspondent in Ilorin

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