SEVERAL houses and farmlands were set ablaze following a clash between Umuemu Anam and Nzam, both in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State over ownership of a parcel of land in the area.
It was gathered that youths of Umuemu Anam community provoked the clash by using a bush path leading to the farm camp of the neighboring Nzam community and allegedly set ablaze their huts and yam seedlings. In a swift reaction, youths of Nzam mobilized, using speedboats and went to the farm camp of Umuemu community and setting ablaze property valued at millions of naira.
According to an eye witness, the youths from both sides used firearms to scare away each other by firing sporadic gunshots in the air. Nobody was, however, injured. The clash was said to be the high point of protracted land dispute between the two communities, which had claimed lives and property in the past.
Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident said that following a report, the joint patrol team comprising the Police, the Army, and other sister agencies were mobilized to the area and was able to bring the situation under control. Haruna said two suspects were arrested over the incident, adding that the state commissioner of police, Mr. Garba Umar had ordered for a full-scale investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice.