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Many Killed, Houses Destroyed As Anambra Communities Fight Over Land

Many Killed, Houses Destroyed As Anambra Communities Fight Over Land

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A dispute over land between two communities in Anambra state has claimed the lives of four persons.

At least four persons have been killed and properties worth millions destroyed following a bloody confrontation between the people of Odekpe and Alla communities in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Nigerian Tribune reported that many of the affected communities have began fleeing their homes for fear of further attacks despite security presence.

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The spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Anambra State Command, ASC Okadigbo Edwin, who confirmed the incident in a statement to newsmen in Awka on Thursday, said, the NSCDC Anambra West Divisional office was alerted of the bloody clash between the two communities over the lingering boundary dispute.

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that on April 20, 2020, the two communities clashed and in the process, four persons allegedly lost their lives, one other kidnapped while most houses were burnt and properties destroyed.

Meanwhile, the State Commandant, Mr David Bille, has dispatched operatives of Peace and Conflicts Unit, Intelligence Unit and other tactical squads of the command to the area to avert further clashes in the area and in the maintenance of law and order.

He said the commandant has also ordered for a discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

He called on the people of the area to remain calm as the command is on top of the situation.

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