Communal war: Soldiers deployed to Ogun, Ondo states

– A boarder dispute between two Ogun and Ondo communities has led to the use of local guns and other cudgels by attackers to cause violence

– Soldiers have been deployment to restore order to the warring communities after a security council meeting in Ogun state

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Residents have said calm is gradually returning to the warring communities after the deployment of soldiers.

Soldiers have been drafted to restore order to two neighbouring communities of Makun-Omi and Apijere located in Ogun and Ondo states respectively who have been involved in clashes.

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The clashes, according to Premium Times, erupted following a dispute over the ownership of a boundary village, Limorisa, between them.

The disagreement between the two communities has led to the use of local guns and other cudgels by attackers to cause violence.

A high chief and secretary to the traditional ruler of Makun-Omi, Biodun Odumade, had narrated to how his community was attacked by invaders, who he said were militants from the neighbouring community.

Mr. Odumade said the violence erupted when Makun-Omi residents resisted attempts by the invaders, who he said arrived in a boat to take over the controversial border community.

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We are just 10 kilometres to Apijere community in Ondo State, with Limorisa a boundary community. We have been exercising ownership of the land since 1940,and we receive royalty, until recently when we were attacked,” the community leader said

“As I am talking to you now, some of our people have been shot. Even the youth corpers posted here had to escape alongside others through a bush path,” Mr. Odumade said.

The deployment of the soldiers came after a security council meeting in Ogun state.

Residents said calm is gradually returning to the affected areas.

In another development, the ‘Operation Python Dance’ recently launched by the army in the South-east to provide security in the zone have given room to a blockade on the famous Niger Bridge in Onitsha.

The move have caused panic among residents in the area and outrage among interest groups in the region, Daily Sun reports.

The chairman of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Emeka Umeagbalasi described the army’s action as a declaration of Jihad against the South-east.

He questioned why the Army did not take the same action after the recent killings in Southern Kaduna and the several mayhem perpetuated by Fulani herdsmen.

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