His Royal Highness, Oba Ismaila Muhammed Atoloye Alebiosu, the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo’s proactive security action averted major violent inter ethnic bloodbath Friday evening at Ajase-Ipo, Kwara State.
Fight was said to have broken out between travelling members of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC would have engaged Bororo traders along the Kara Market following an incident in which a Bororo trader was said to have ran into one of the vehicles in the convoy of the OPC members who were coming back from the Osun Oshogbo Festival.
However, the Olupo who led his Chiefs to Kara Market to personally ensure that normalcy was restored, promptly rallied the Police and other Security Agencies in Offa and Ilorin to the scene of the incident.
In a Press Release Oba Alebiosu expressed profound appreciation to Security Agencies, particularly the Police for their prompt response and proactive steps taken to bring the situation to normal.
“The police deserve commendation for their promptness and professionalism. They rose to the occasion to nip a truly ugly situation in the bud. We give kudos to the officers and men of the police who took charge at Kara yesterday”, the Olupo said.
The Olupo commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for the result driven security initiatives adopted by his government.
“The Kwara State Government, under the able leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has proven beyond doubts that Kwara is truly a State of Harmony. It is true the dynamic leadership of Governor Abdulrazaq that Kwara continues to enjoy peace in spite of the security challenges in the country. We must all join hands with the government to ensure that the peace we currently enjoy in Kwara is not disrupted.”
“We have lived peacefully regardless of ethnic differences. The conflict along the Kara Market Road last evening was neither a conflict between Bororos and Ajase-Ipo community, nor a conflict between the OPC and the Ajase-Ipo Community. We have lived in harmony and unity and we will continue to do so.
“We must continue to be our brothers’ keepers and we must continue to live as one people under God,” the Olupo said.
Calm had since returned to the market by late Friday evening.