Communal Clash: Two Injured, Many Missing in Ebonyi, Abia Over Land Dispute

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Two persons have been reportedly injured and many missing in a renewed clash between Amata, Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State and Lokpanta community in Abia State over ownership of farmland.

It was reported that the two communities have been locked in years of inter-communal conflict over ownership of a farmland near their borders.

The warring communities renewed their hostilities on Saturday which led to two indigenes of Amata allegedly sustaining gunshot wounds.

Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi, who confirmed the attack on Sunday in Abakaliki, said that the two commands were working to return normalcy to the affected areas.

In her statement, “Our men are in control of the situation. They arrived the scene of the crisis and rescued those abducted from the two sides and also aborted bloodbath; though two persons were injured from gun shots.

“It is a very unfortunate situation and we are appealing to both communities to sheath their swords and allow for dialogue.

“The two police commands will collaborate to ensure that security is maintained in the affected area to prevent the incessant clashes between the two communities,” she said.

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