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Two cheat death as rival groups clash in Onitsha

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AT least two persons were reported to have narrowly escaped death following clash between two rival groups in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

The crisis which started in the early hours of Thursday was allegedly ignited by rival groups seeking control of revenue collections at Nkpor Market, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

According to eye witness account, Emmanuel Obienye, “a group of young men from Akuzo , Amafo in Nkpor community invaded revenue collectors at  Ahia Nkpor in an attempt to force the Nkpo-Agu General faction out of the area, claiming it belongs to Akuzo, Amafor exclusively as had been determined by the court which Nkpor General body had refused to recognise, and had continued to collect revenue by themselves and for their proxies. Resistance to leave the area as demanded by the Akuzu, Amafor faction resulted in fracas that left two men clubbed close to death.

Traders within the area hurriedly closed their shops and fled for safety while rumour continued to circulate that the two men had been killed on the spot.

When National Light reporter contacted the Divisional Police Officer in the area, Mr Mark Ijarafu for clarification, he confirmed that some men actually attempted to disrupt peace in the area, but insisted, no death was recorded in the crises.

“I sent my men to the area on hearing that some people are rioting there. We moved in to dislodge the rioters even though the authorities in the affected area did not make any report of the incident to us.”

Adding, “I heard it was issue between Akuzo, Amafor part of the Nkpor community and the Nkpor General that fuelled the crisis but I am yet to get official report from any quarters to that effect.”

Further anonymous account said that similar incident had happened sometime last year and urged all concerned to embrace peace in the interest of all and community development.

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