Tragedy struck in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State as four lives were lost and properties razed to the ground amidst a recent outbreak of a communal clash. The Enugu State Police Command has officially confirmed this latest development.
Reliable sources reveal that trouble erupted on Friday morning, around 10 am when a tricycle and five motorcycles were burned which led to a clash between the villages of Oyoyo and Awha.
While responding to the crisis, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, immediately issued orders for the deployment of officers to the affected area. This move according to him, was to maintain the normalcy being enjoyed in the area.
Making further disclosures on the unfortunate incident, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, revealed that twelve individuals have been apprehended in connection to the clash and the resultant loss of lives. DSP Ndukwe emphasized that the deployment of additional personnel serves to fortify the reestablished peace within the region.
The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Ammani, has ordered the deployment of police operatives to Oyofo and Awha communities following the communal clash between the villages on August 11, 2023.
“The deployment is to maintain the normalcy already restored in the area after the clash which led to the murder of four males and the burning of one tricycle and five motorcycles.
“Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with the clash and murder of the victims, and preliminary investigation shows that the clash is a result of a land ownership dispute between the villages.”