Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara State has suspended the Chairmen of Offa and Oyun Local Governments. The major towns in the two local government areas, Offa and Erinle were recently locked in a bitter communal clash that led to the destruction of lives and property.
The suspension was in line with the state’s Local Government Law No 4 of 2006 which empowers the Government to suspend a local council chairman. The suspension was made known by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold who briefed newsmen about the Government’s efforts to bring peace back to the troubled communities. According to Dr Femi Akorede, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, the suspension was put in place to forestall further break down of law and order.
The Kwara State Government had earlier directed the monarchs of the two warring communities to ensure that peace is maintained in their towns. The Governor called for the cessation of all hostilities and called for a peaceful coexistence between indigenes of the two towns.
The suspension has already started generating criticisms as it is being alleged that it was not done in good faith. Those in opposition to it have hinged their position on the fact that the Chairman of Offa Local Government is a member of the opposition, and he has had some issues with the ruling party lately.