Nigeria: Five Feared Dead In Renewed Communal Clash

LAGOS, Nigeria (PANA) — At least five people are feared dead and 10 others seriously injured in renewed communal clash between the Ife and Modakeke communities of South-Western Nigeria, according to reports reaching Lagos Thursday.

The clash, which erupted Tuesday night, was said to have resulted in the exchange of gun fire spreading from Lagere and Akarabata area of the university town of Ile-Ife to neighbouring villages of Olokuta and Okeeso.

The Osun police commissioner, Sunday Aghedo, told reporters those he called “hoodlums” masterminded the latest fighting. He said the police had been sent there to restore peace in the troubled area.

The age-long rivalry between the neighbouring communities of Yoruba ethnic stock over ancestral land, have often resulted in sporadic violent skirmishes.

In 1997, the government’s decision to relocate a local council headquarters from Modakeke to an area controlled by the Ife community triggered the clashes.

Previous security measures by authorities, including banning of firearms and restriction of movement through the imposition of curfew, have so far failed to halt the occasional hostilities.

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