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Normalcy Returns To Imo Community After Clash
Normalcy has returned to Akokwa, a town in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State after a deadly clash between some Hausa residents in the area and some members of the host community which resulted in the death of 6 people.
Journalists report that there is heavy presence of security operatives in the area and people are going about their normal duties.
However, the indigenes of the area have called on the government to look into the matter critically and to prevent any future occurrence.
Some of the residents, who narrated the incident, alleged that the Hausa man, who was hired as a security guard in the one of the buildings in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young lady named Ngozi and the misunderstanding became intense that he pursued and murdered the lady in cold blood with a shovel, adding that he also went ahead to kill one Beatrice Ibe, who was trying to settle the dispute.
Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who led security operatives and other top government functionaries to the scene of the incident, also used the opportunity to visit families of people affected in the clash while assuring the people that the state government is on top of the situation.
He pointed out that the incident is a clear case of homicide and not related to ethnic clashes.
Also, Taiwo Lakanu, the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, has asked for the cooperation of the people while imploring them to remain calm and desist from any behaviour that might cause breakdown of law and order in the state.
In the meantime, the corpses of the affected victims have been deposited in a nearby mortuary, while some others who were wounded, including a 7-year old boy, are receiving treatment in a hospital.