AT least, two persons were killed and many houses destroyed in a renewed communal violence between Ikpanya community of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and the Ugbo community in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State.
It was gathered that four persons were missing and one female gang-raped in the attack which was allegedly masterminded by suspected mercenaries from Ugbo area of Arochukwu LGA.
Sources told our correspondent on Tuesday that the latest crisis was ignited following repeated attacks allegedly launched by the people of Ugbo against their neighbours who went to cut palm fruits in the disputed land.
The clan head of Ikpanya community, Isaac Onosin, who disclosed these, described the attack as unfortunate, adding that the land had been a source of dispute between his community and the people of Ugbo in Arochukwu LGA.
“Ikpanya shares boundaries with eight villages of Arochukwu in Abia State, but the perennial and incessant crisis is always with one village; that is the Ugbo people. And this always happens during every farming season.
“The people of Ugbo will attack our people as they go to farm. They will beat our women and chase them away, packing the palm fruits they labour to cut. These people have continued to trouble our people every year.
“On the 8th of this month, my people went to cut palm as I lifted ban on cutting of palm fruits. They started cutting palm fruits from the 6th, and on the 8th, when my people continued with the exercise, the Ugbo people went and beat them, destroyed the palm and carried some away.
“They arrested three boys and one girl and kept them in their village square, and I had to call the DPO in Ibiono, telling him what happened.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident, said information available revealed that only two
In this article: