Many members of Umueri and Aguleri communities in Anambra East Local Government Area are feared dead while several others have sustained varying degrees of injury in a renewed crisis between both communities.
The clash may have been caused by land disputes between the two communities.
Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident in a statement. He said He said the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, has directed the State CID Awka to carry out a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident in order to bring perpetrators to book.
Haruna mentioned that at about 7:15 am that day, there was a report of a crisis between Umueri and Aguleri Communities both in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State over a disputed area of land which both communities were laying claim to.
“Following the distress, the Command quickly dispatched joint Police teams comprising PMF/RRS and other Conventional Units in collaboration with other security agencies led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, DCP Salman Dogo, to the scene.
“Situation was brought under control, while the joint patrol is still ongoing to restore normalcy in the affected areas.
“Meanwhile, no loss of lives and injuries has been reported. However, one building, four vehicles and two motorcycles were set ablaze by the warring factions.
“The CP also warned both parties to maintain peace and explore all the legal avenues to resolve their grievances without resorting to violence.
“He further assured both parties that he would contact the state government to intervene in the matter in order to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem.”
Meanwhile, Governor Willie Obiano has announced the imposition of a curfew on Aguleri, Umueri and Umuoba Anam towns, all in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state. The curfew will last from 7 pm- 7 am daily, beginning on Saturday. And violators will be prosecuted.