Council refurbishes police vehicle to boost security among warring Kwara communities
March 06, 2013 12:02
Offa (Kwara), March 6, 2013 (NAN) Alhaji Gidado Bello, the Sole Administrator, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara, has reiterated government's commitment to the socioeconomic development of Offa and Erin-Ile communities by ensuring adequate security.
Bello said this at the handing-over of a refurbished police patrol van to the Divisional Police Command at Ilemona in Kwara on Wednesday.
Bello, who observed that the two communities had suffered serious set-back following the recent communal clash, said there was a need for adequate security to reinvigorate their economic development.
``The present state of the economy in the two communities in the aftermath of the recent clash is a matter of concern to the state government.
``Every resource will therefore be channelled to ensuring security of lives and property for the quick recovery and reinvigoration of the economy.,”
The council boss said government would not hesitate to partner with relevant security agencies in the quest for a stable polity devoid of violence.
``Government still affirms its zero tolerance to violence and communal conflicts,” he added.
He said the council decided to refurbish the police’s grounded patrol van as part of its contribution to the police command to discharge its duties efficiently.
Responding, Mr Kolawole Aremu, the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemona division, thanked the council for assisting the command and promised to make judicious use of the facility.
He stressed the importance of maintaining adequate security in the two communities and finding a lasting solution to the incessant communal clashes in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the communal clash that erupted between the two neighbouring communities caused the loss of many lives and property.
The situation prompted the state government to set up a commission of enquiry.
Meanwhile, normal commercial and business activities have since returned to the communities.