Two feared dead, palace burnt in Ondo communal clash


The young people of two communities of Ude and Isinigbo in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State drew in each other in a collective conflict that brought about the obliteration of property worth large number of naira.

PUNCH Metro assembled that two individuals were dreaded killed in the conflict, while the castle of the customary leader of Ude town, Chief Sunday Boboye, was set burning as Boboye fled.

As per a source, the battle was not detached with land debates between the two networks, as the Ude conventional ruler supposedly professed to possess part of Isinigbo people group.

The Oluomo of Isinigbo, Chief Oluwole Kareem, said his locale fought to stop the proceeded with destruction of houses by the Ajagun of Ude (Boboye).

He said, “Boboye came to us that we were occupying the land illegally. He said he had won the case. He first came and demolished over 50 houses. We protested, but the government did not do anything. His lawyer said he was not aware of the demolition. If he had won the case, he was supposed to give us time for dialogue. He did not give us that chance.

“Some people bought land here 15 years ago. He placed a sign board and renamed our community New Ude Estate. Isinigbo has been in existence for more than 800 years. He wants to make our place an extension of Ude.”

The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, but said nobody was killed.

He said normalcy had been restored in the communities, while investigation had commenced into the incident.

Efforts to reach Boboye were unsuccessful, as his telephone line was not reachable as of the time of filing this report.


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