Kogi communal clash: Two persons killed, over 70 houses razed.
IDRIS Bature, Lokoja.
Reports from Ankpa local government area of Kogi state indicate that 2 persons have been killed while over 70 houses were set a blazed in a communal clash between two communities.
Dependable sources including the Police and Kogi state House of Assembly, separately said two communities Oturkpo- Ojile and Ochi- Ibadan, were involved in the communal clash that claimed two lives on Sunday.
The Member representing Ankpa 1 constituency at the Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Akus Lawal also disclosed the sad development on the floor of the House during plenary on Thursday
Hon. Lawal disclosed that trouble started when some villagers in Ochi-Ibadan allegedly killed a Man from Oturpo-Ojile who was was said be returning from Lagos to his own village, (Oturkpo-Ojile).
The Lawmaker explained that aggrieved over the death of their son, some youths from Oturkpo-Ojile, in a reprisal went straight to Ochi-Ibadan and allegedly burnt down over 70 houses as well as several other properties worth millions of naira.
He said “The sad incident occurred on 14th January, 2024. The communal clash is between two communities is very worrisome and should not be allowed to continue .
“We must commend the Commissioner of Police who went to this community for an on the spot assessment and the Kogi State Government under Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the quick response. We are praying that such communal clash will not happen in our land again”.
He, however, appealed to the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials for all the affected victims in the communal clash.
However, when contracted have the Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi state Police Command, SP William Aya, said following the communal clash in Ankpa LGA, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Bethrand Onuoha has visited the area and has deployed anti riot squad to further ensure safety of lives and properties.
Aya also disclosed two persons were killed, about 30 houses, motorcycles and other properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.