Violence erupts between neighbouring communities in Ogun, Ondo

There have been clashes between neighbouring communities of Makun-Omi and Apijere located in Ogun and Ondo States respectively, leaving many people injured.

The violence was caused by both communities laying claims to the ownership of Limorisa , a border village between the two communities.

A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that local guns and other cudgels were freely used in the violence on Wednesday morning.

The witness said majority of the residents of Makun-Omi have deserted the community and some of them shot.

A High Chief and secretary to the traditional ruler of Makun-Omi, Biodun Odumade, while speaking from his hideout, said the community has been sacked 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

“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.

He called on security operatives to come to the rescue of the community.

The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, could not be reached as his phone was not available as at the time of this report.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Taiwo and the state’s security chiefs were holding an emergency meeting on the crisis as at the time of this report.

Details later…

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