Rivers Communal Clash Claims 2
Two persons have been killed during a fresh communal clash in Lewe community, Gokana Local Government Area when youths suspected to be from neighbouring Bomu village invaded the community.
It was reliably gathered that the clash, which left several others injured with many houses as well as other properties destroyed, started on Monday (September 17) and extended to Tuesday (September 18) morning.
Bounce News gathered that the clash was caused by a dispute over a piece of land between the two communities.
It was said the dispute had been on for a few years.
Both communities are claiming ownership to the land that separates them.
A source from Lewe community told Bounce News that the fresh communal clash was coming on the heels of a recent fight between the two villages few months ago.
“The one that happened on Monday is a fresh attack; we can recall that there was also a clash about three months ago. Gokana is one of the local government areas in Ogoniland and we are calling on the government to intervene to forestall a recurrence of the crisis,” the source added.
It was learnt that the clash between Bomu and Lewe was related to land, even as another source, who identified himself as Godwin Naaku, stated that the disagreement, which had been on for decades had defied every peace move.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, saying that a team of policemen had gone to the area to restore peace, and arrest those responsible for the breach of peace.
“I can confirm the attack on Lewe Community, where it was alleged that Bomu people launched an unwarranted attack on Lewe, leaving three houses burnt.
“However, the timely intervention of our men from Bomu Area Command, Kpor Division 56 PMF and JTF brought the situation under control and they immediately retracted.
“Our men are still there as efforts have been intensified to apprehend all the perpetrators and guard against any reprisal. So far, normalcy has been restored and people are going about their lawful activities,” Omoni said.
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