Pandemonium broke out in Offa, Kwara State during the Easter holidays over a disputed farmland in Ijehu, a suburb of Offa town. It was gathered that the pandemonium stemmed from the violent clash between the land owners and some alleged agents of Olofa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II.
Many people reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries during the mêlée. The spokesman of the Kwara state police command, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the development, said that about five people had been arrested over the clash. Addressing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday during a peaceful protest to the State House of Assembly , the Baale of Ijehu community, Moshood Adeogun, alleged that the monarch used thugs to drive them away from their land. Adeogun, who said that about seven hectares of cashew plantation planted over 40 years ago among other cash crops, were a destroyed by the alleged agents of Olofa, added that their people, who sustained varying degrees of injury were in hospital. In his reaction, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, explained that the piece of land belongs to his Esuwoye family, saying that grand parents of the Ijehu people only took care of the land on behalf of his family, adding that they had been informed several times on the need to retrieve the land from them.