At least one person has been killed and several injured in a communal clash involving the people of Gbanchuku/Kporoka and Numaye communities, all in Lokoja Local Government area of Kogi State.
DAILY POST learnt that trouble started when one of the newly installed chiefs from Numaye community claimed ownership of a particular portion of land which according to sources was not part of Numaye riverine community.
Eyewitness account revealed that when some youths in Kporoka community confronted Numaye people for encroaching in their land, argument ensued between both parties, which later snowballed into serious crisis resulting to the killing of one person and others injured.
An eyewitness said, “when the situation was going out of hand, as cutlasses we were used freely, we had to run for our dear lives.
“They came into our territory, attacked us and killed one of our own. All we need is justice and nothing more”.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of Lokoja Local Government Area, Shiru Lawal has called on both communities to remain calm as security agents were on top of the situation.
Shiru made this call on Sunday while addressing the youths when he visited the scene of the crisis in Gbanchuku/ Kporoka axis.
He maintained that the unfortunate incident was uncalled for and charged them to be law abiding citizens.
“You people should not take law into your hands. Security agencies are carrying out their investigations and they assured me that whoever is found wanting would be brought to book irrespective of his or her status in the society,” he said.
The Administrator also called on the people to assist the security agents with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the heinous acts.
He admonished the parents of the deceased to take solace in Allah, saying no stone would be left unturned in the quest to fish out the perpetrators.
When contacted, the Kogi State Police Public Relation Officer, ASP William Aya said “the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to book.”