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One killed, 2 injured in renewed communal clash

By Tony Edike
ONE person was confirmed dead while two others sustained severe gunshot wounds in the renewed fighting that broke out at the weekend between the Oruku and Umuode communities in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Prolonged gunshots were reported in the area on Friday when armed men from both sides engaged themselves in a gun-duel at a time the natives were preparing for the Easter celebration and unleashed terror on the people, bombing several houses with explosives suspected to be dynamites.

Police sources said Sunday that weekend’s incident followed a disagreement between the warring communities over the construction of a market by the Umuode side on the disputed Aguefi land.

The people of the two communities had engaged themselves in a protracted land dispute since 1990 during which many lives were lost and many houses destroyed on both sides. The Umuode people were forced into exile on account of the bloody conflict  and only returned to their homeland in 2007 following the intervention of the Sullivan Chime administration.

Another major bloody clash was recorded in the area in 2008 following which a unit of mobile policemen was stationed in each of the communities while the Nkanu East Local Government Council took over the responsibility of their feeding.

Chairman of the council, Mr. Ejike Ani had lamented that his administration had been spending between N480,000 and N200,000 per week in feeding the police team numbering about 70 since January.


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