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Kwara Community Seeks Gov AbdulRazaq Intervention on Imminent Crisis

Residents of Tsaragi community in the Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State have called on the State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to wade into brewing communal crisis in the area.

The call was made via a statement signed by one of the youth leaders in the community, Prince Mohammed Mohammed, accusing the leadership of the community of high-handedness and marginalisation, calling on the state governor to intervene to avoid a needless crisis.

Prince Mohammed, who stated that the crisis began following the decision of the Emir of Tsaragi, Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi, to demolish some buildings in the town to extend the construction of the town’s new central mosque.

He also alleged that the traditional leader planned to build a wall fence against the wish of residents in some three compounds in the town for the same construction.

The three compounds said to be affected are Manmaliki, Emigbazi and Emidjanzi, adding that they would be fenced off if the Emir’s plan was allowed to be carried out.

The people, who said that the development had created tension among residents in the community, added that the Emir had vowed to go ahead with the construction while the people had also opposed it.

The statement reads in part “We are appealing to the Kwara State government to intervene and stop the Emir from going ahead with his planned anti-people action in order to avert the imminent bloody crisis in the town”

“How can someone think he can turn himself into a government while he personally supervised the demolition of three houses at Bacita junction with his usual claim that he owns the land in Tsaragi Emirate. The tension which started mounting since Tuesday may result into a bloody clash any moment. That’s why we are calling for the government intervention.”

Also speaking, a source in the palace said that the Emir had persuaded the youths to see reasons by sending the Chief Imam and the traditional chiefs to the leaders of concerned people, and noted that the development is receiving attention in the community.

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