Nigeria: Ife/Modakeke War Death Toll Hits 35

By Adeolu Adeyemo/ Osogbo, 5 May 2000

Lagos — Death toll in the Ife/Modakeke War rose from 25 to 35 this morning as the two warring communities reportedly fought all through the night. P.M.News investigations within the communities yesterday and this morning revealed that the war is still on as militant youths of the communities dared themselves and vowed not to end the blood-letting.

Our reporter who visited Isale Agbara, Odo-Okun, Akarabata and Mayfair areas of the communities heard that sporadic shootings as fighters from both sides were seen with sophisticated guns and other dangerous weapons of destruction. Apart from killing themselves, many houses in the areas were burnt to ashes, including a vehicle belonging to a mobile policeman passing through the place when the war was on.

Also torched was a fire pharmaceutical chemist at Mayfair and commercial vehicles carrying passengers. When our reporter visited Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife, wounded persons were seen being attended to and similarly, at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, bullets were seen being extracted from the bodies of victims of gun shots. The Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Francis Adedoyin, while speaking on the latest round of violence accused the Ife people of starting the latest round of fighting.

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