CRISIS ROCKS NZAM, UMUEMU COMMUNITIES

Two communities in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State have been engulfed in renewed crisis emanating from a protracted land dispute.

Our correspondent reported that the renewed crisis which started on Saturday, January 19, through Monday, January 21,  claimed properties worth millions of naira.

It was gathered that youths of Umuemu Anam community on Saturday, went to the farm camp of neighbouring Nzam community also in the same local government and allegedly set ablaze their thatched houses and yam seedlings. Consequently, in a swift reaction, youths of Nzam community also mobilised using speedboats and went to the farm camp of Umuemu community, set ablaze houses and properties value of which are still unknown; as well as firing sporadic gunshots in the air.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident. He said that joint patrol teams comprising of the police,  the army and other sister agencies were immediately deployed to the area to restore order and arrest perpetrators.

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“The situation was brought under control and, and two suspects have been arrested and intensive patrols are ongoing by combined security forces to restore lasting peace in the affected communities”, the PPRO added.

He said, however, that no loss of life was recorded; even as he said that the Commissioner of Police in the state,
Mr Garba Baba Umar has ordered for a full-scale investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to justice.

He also enjoined residents of the area to go about their lawful businesses and report any suspicious persons or movements to the nearest Police Station.