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Communal clash: Supreme Court did not cede Offa land to Erin-Ile, ODU insists

By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

Offa people under the aegis of Descendants Union (ODU) at the weekend insisted the Supreme Court has not in any of its judgments, ceded any parcel of land belonging to Offa to her Erin-Ile neighbour.

Offa and Erin-Ile in Offa and Oyun local government areas of Kwara State, have over years, been enmeshed bloody clashes over alleged land disputes.

The union also rejected the unity road constructed by the former Governor Bukola Saraki.

ODU National President Dr Funsho Oladipo, whose address was read by Justice Banji Orilonise (rtd), added that the union had sent its positions to the peace committee set up by Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq led administration.

He said: “The Unity Road is not acceptable to Offa community as the boundary between Offa and Erin-Ile as well as between Offa local government and Oyun local government on that axis on the ground that the construction of the road violates Section 8 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as its relates to adjustment of local government boundary.

“The Kere Ipinle boundary established by the Col. Ibrahim Taiwo peace accord and signed by the two communities in 1975 which was also gazetted into law by Col. P.A.M Ogar in pursuant to the Kwara state Legal Notice No. 4 1997 must stand.

“That the Erin-Ile Community be made to understand that the Supreme Judgments of 1973 and 2018 did not award any Offa Land to Erin-Ile Community; The Kwara state government is advised to take over full possession of the Buffer zone as defined in the Kwara state legal Notices 1, 2, 3, & 4 1997; and that the two communities be encouraged to imbibe the culture of living in peaceful co-existence for the betterment of the two communities and the state.

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