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Buildings burnt, former CJ escapes death as communal clash between communities spread

Two communities, Anaku and Omor communities in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State were involved in an intense clash on Saturday evening. It was learnt that during the clash, several residential buildings in Anaku were set ablaze, while several persons, including a former Chief Judge of the state, Rtd. Justice Paul Obidigwe, were injured.

According to sources, the clash was said to have started because of a parcel of land which both communities are dragging.

A resident of Anaku, narrating what happened said, “some youths of Anaku community attacked the former Judge of the state, Justice Obidigwe in his hometown, Omor town. They inflicted him with machete cuts. When the youth on Omor heard it, they mobilized themselves to Anaku, and burnt down some houses there, including that of the former Commissioner and the late traditional ruler. 9 persons were injured in the clash, but no one died.”

“Since the clash happened, residents of both communities have started relocating to safer areas, in the fear that the hostilities may continue, ” the resident said.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident. He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Chris Owolabi and a team of Police officers have visited the affected communities on Sunday morning.


He told Journalists that normalcy has returned to the 2 communities, adding that security operatives have been mobilized to the area to forestall any kind of clash.

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