Nigeria: Two Killed In Renewed Communal Violence

26 June 2000

LAGOS, Nigeria (PANA) — Two persons were killed and 20 houses burnt as the feuding Ife and Modakeke communities clashed again at the weekend, according to media reports.

The reports said Monday that the resurgence of violence followed an early morning raid on the village of Ogbogbo Akaro village, in Ife South Local Government, by an unknown armed group.

Several persons wounded in the raid are currently receiving treatment at the Wesley Guild hospital at nearby Ilesha.

The fighting started a day after President Olusegun Obasanjo met with the traditional rulers of both communities as part of efforts to end the age-long crisis.

A panel set up by the government in May to mediate between the communities, after a dozen persons were killed in similar clashes, is yet to submit its report.

Land dispute and political control are at the core of the crisis involving the communities, whose people have lived together since the Modakeke people migrated to the area two centuries ago.

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