Soldiers/Locals Clash: Kwara Governor, Speaker React
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with families of those who died in the Friday fracas in Ilesha Baruba involving some residents and operatives of the Federal Government’s Joint Task Force on Border Patrol.
“The Governor sincerely commiserates with the Emir of Ilesha Baruba Prof. Halidu Abubakar and families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident. The incident is sad and definitely avoidable,” according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye.
“The Governor, who has been in constant touch with all the stakeholders in the community, including the traditional institutions and security forces since the unfortunate incident, calls for continuous calm and restraints. He cautions against any activities that could trigger new tensions.
“A government delegation is to pay a condolence visit to the affected community while findings will be conducted to establish all the facts and forestall a repeat of the sad and unfortunate incident.”
In the same veint, the Kwara state House of Assembly Speaker also expressed sadness at the fracas that happened in Ilesha Baruba.
The Speaker, Kwara Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu who expressed displeasure over the clash that ensued between men of the Nigerian Armed Forces deployed to Ilesha Baruba, Baruten local government on Joint Border Drill and residents of the town lamented the circumstances that led to the deaths.
In a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Ibrahim Sheriff, the lawmaker lamented the circumstances that reportedly led to the fracas, which left scores dead and others sustaining varying degrees of injury.
“I am sad and displeased to receive news of the ugly incident that claimed lives of young and promising members of my constituency and left scores injured in Ilesha Baruba.
“The circumstance that reportedly led to the unfortunate incident was avoidable and will be unraveled”, Danladi-Salihu said.
The Speaker expressed condolences to His Royal Highness, Emir of Ilesha Baruba – Prof. Halidu Abubakar, families of dead victims of the incident and wish the injured quick recovery.
Danladi-Salihu further noted that he is working with relevant authorities to ensure the matter is thoroughly investigated and that justice is served.
He also appealed to residents of Ilesha Baruba to not take laws into their hands, while urging them to maintain the peace that Kwara state is known for and go about their lawful businesses without fear or hindrance.
By Intercontinental News 247