The Kwara State Government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Offa and Erinle towns following renewed clashes of some groups of persons from the two communities on Thursday.
Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
According to Ajakaye, the curfew takes immediate effect from 6 pm on Thursday.
He added that security personnel will be deployed immediately to enforce the curfew, while those on the ground already are to maintain peace.
The statement read: “All residents are hereby directed to withdraw from the streets of Offa and Erinle and all contested areas immediately. Residents are to stay indoors until the curfew is reviewed.
“The Governor urges residents of both communities and travellers crisscrossing the areas to comply with this directive to save lives and property.
“He appeals to leaders on both sides to restrain and caution their people against provocative action, and to maintain peace.
“The security forces are urged to be very firm in dealing with the situation and in enforcing the curfew.”