8 Persons Confirmed Dead As Rival Communities Clash In Ebonyi State

Eight persons which include a three-month-old baby have been confirmed to have died in a renewed boundary hostilities between the Ndiagu-Alike community in Abakaliki Local Government Area and Enyibichiri in Ikwo council area in Ebonyi state.

The Ebonyi state police command spokesperson identified as Loveth Odah, who informed journalists about the sad development in the state, stated that the incident happened on Saturday along the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Road near the border between the two communities.

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Loveth Odah, the state police command spokesperson said in a statement:

“Among the victims were a three-month old baby and six members from the same family who were burnt to death when their vehicle was allegedly attacked and set ablaze by the attackers as well as two others who died from bullet wounds. One of the victims is a wife of a police officer serving in the state but who is currently on secondment to Borno to fight insurgency in the Northeast. 

It is a longstanding dispute between Ndiagu, Alike community in Ikwo local government area and Enyibichiri community in Abakaliki local government area that erupted on Saturday. A vehicle was seen burning on the road allegedly set ablaze by warriors from one of the communities. The victims were coming from Abakaliki where they attended matriculation of their son. Five of them were from the same family including a little baby and one is a neighbour who joined them. They were all burnt beyond recognition.  Also three other persons were also attacked and two of them were killed; one of them, a woman, was the wife of a police officer deployed to Borno state.”

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