By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Though the police in the area said nobody was killed, sources said the clash was a serious blood bath as aggrieved youths allegedly attacked some of the elders over ownership of certain parcels of land in the community.
It was gathered that trouble had been brewing over the disputed lands allegedly converted into personal use by some of the elders, a situation that forced the angry youths to vent their anger on the elders, using dangerous weapons. Speaking to our reporter, one of the elders, Chief Edward Okolise confirmed the fact that the fight resulted from parcels of land. According to Okoise, “it is our right but youths were saying it can’t be; they broke some people’s heads and the victims are in critical conditions. I doubt how they will survive because the six victims were rushed to the hospital by the police.”
But the state police commissioner, Mr. Mustafa Muhammed in a swift reaction, said the police were investigating the incident and disclosed that two suspects were currently in the police custody for further investigation.
The special adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on conflict resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, however, disclosed that “the state government has resolved 150 cases in three years and received 250 petitions. This result underscores government position on peaceful co-existence”.
Uzor frowned at acts that heat up the community, stressing that conflict and crisis can occur but the people must embrace solution to get peace and development.