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Seven die in Kebbi communal clash

Seven people have been confirmed dead in a communal clash over land in Zuru Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

Indeed, the land dispute between Isgogo and Rumu communities in Kubala village of Tadurga district had been on for over 10 years.

Already, the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, had visited the area on Monday, and urged the villagers to desist from taking the law into their hands.

He described the incident as ‘’unfortunate,’’ saying that the land dispute between the two communities was already before the court.

Yombe said seven people comprising five women and two men were killed while eight others were hospitalised.

He said security personnel had been dispatched to the area to restore normalcy.

A witness, Alhaji Sani Skandia, had earlier in Zuru said that 14 people lost their lives in the dispute, which occurred on Sunday.

“The two communities have a long history of land dispute for over 10 years which has resurfaced now and resulted in the death of over 14 people, with houses and properties burnt to ashes.

“Many people have also been hospitalised while police have been deployed to the area to restore normalcy,” he said.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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