At least two persons have been reportedly killed at Umuhali community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, resulting from a clash that ensued between two communities in the area.
The victims included a 13-years-old boy, Izuchukwu Promise of Ezza Umuhuali and a 50-year-old man, Emeka Nwannaji, of Umuhuali.
NAIJAPALABA learnt that Izuchukwu had gone to the forest to fetch firewood where he had an altercation with Emeka.
It was further learned that Emeka in the process killed Izuchukwu.
The murder of Izuchukwu, who is from Ezza Umuhuali community angered youths of the area, who retaliated and killed Emeka.
It was further gathered that youths of both communities clashed following the killings, leading to the destruction of some properties.
A source from the community said that the clashes lead to the total blockage of the Nkalagu – Eha-Amufu – Ikem – Nsukka federal road, which passed through the two communities and thereby preventing motorists and other road users from passing.
When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police command through the Police public relations officer, DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident.
According to her, the youths of Ezza Umuhuali took laws into their hands by matcheting Emeka to death.
She said the Police Command on getting the report swung into action by sending the patrol team to the area to restore normalcy.
“Police have launched investigations into the incident. We urged people to remain calm. People should not take laws into their hands but seek justice by reporting to the Police,” she said.
She said the Acting Police Commissioner, DCP Yekini Ayoku, has visited the area and has promised that Police will investigate the incident and prosecute all those involved.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the local government area, Henry Eze, also confirmed the incident.
He said certain political interests in the area were trying to unsettle the peace in the area which the state government has worked hard to achieve.
“We are resolving the issue. There is no cause for alarm. Government has waded into the matter,” he said.