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One killed, others injured as Ebonyi communities clash over land

 One person has been reported died and eight others injured as Ezeke-Amasiri community clashed with neighbouring Amata-Akpoha community.

Both communities in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi have been disputing over a mineral rich land in the area.

Chairperson of the Council, Oby Oko Enyim, who confirmed the recent clash, condemned Amata-Akpoha community for brutally attacking their neighbors.

She directed security agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the dastardly act to serve as deterrent to others.

Enyim spoke during an emergency peace and security meeting she convened at the Council Hall, Afikpo to address the issue with a view to ending the dispute.

She appealed to the two communities to sustain the spirit of brotherhood that has existed between them from generation to generation.

She called on residents to desist from taking laws into their hands no matter the provocation as government will ensure that justice is not only done but seen to have been done.

The council boss also directed nobody should enter the disputed land for any reason till the matter is amicably resolved.

She called on community leaders on both sides to join hands with her administration to ensure peaceful settlement of the disputed land.

Coordinator of Amasiri Development Centre, Mrs. Ngozichika Ezeugo and her Amoha counterpart, Surveyor Theodore Chikwendu Ihite, applauded the council chairman for her quick intervention in the matter and implored their kinsmen to embrace peace for sustainable development in the area.

Divisional Police Officer, Livinus Nwenyim, said the police in conjunction with DSS, is working assiduously to bring peace to the two communities.

He assured perpetrators of the act must be arrested and made to face the full weight of the law, adding his men will maintain 24hours patrol/surveillance on the disputed land in line with the directive of the council chairman

Some of the stakeholders, who spoke including Prof John Igidi, Elder David Egwu and Chief Geofrey Oko, assured the council chairman of their continued cooperation and commitment for peace to thrive in their respective areas.

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