Two killed in Edo communal clash over mango

Two killed in Edo communal clash over mango


Two persons have been killed and 40 houses burnt in a clash between two communities in Akoko-Edo local government.

The two communities, Uneme-Ekpedo and Bekuma-Okpameri, had the fracas on Wednesday after some members quarreled over mango.
It was gathered that four persons from Uneme-Ekpedo community went to a bush to pluck mangoes but one of them was killed by youths from Bekuma-Okpameri community who claimed the mango tree belonged to them.

Peeved by the killing, youths from Uneme-Ekpedo were said to have mobilized and attacked Bekuma-Okpameri attacking residents and set houses ablaze.

The palace of the traditional ruler of Bekuma-Okpameri, HRH Moses Alabi, was set ablaze.
Persons injured in the attacked are now receiving treatment at an emergency camp at Lampese, a neighboring community.

A source said, “As I am talking to you, there is nobody in Bekuma-Okpameri. It was unbelievable. The youths have completely sacked the community and residents are now camped in Lampese.”

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the incident and said a fact finding police team has been sent to the community to arrest the perpetrators.

Ezike added that the police held talks with the two traditional rulers.


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