IN EBONYI eight persons have been killed in a renewed boundary clash between the people of Ndiagu Alike community in Ikwo Local Government Area and neighbouring village Enyibichiri community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The attack, happened along the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike road near the border between the two communities.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP LovethOdah, who confirmed the incident said that six out of the eight victims were returning to Ikwo from Abakaliki before the warlords opened fire on them
while two others were killed by bullet wounds sustained from the attacks.
Odah said : “It is a longs-tanding dispute between Ndiagu Alike community in Ikwo Local Government Area and Enyibichiri community in Abakaliki Local Government Area.
“A vehicle was seen burning on the road, allegedly set ablaze by warriors from one of the communities.
“The victims were coming from Abakaliki where they attended the matriculation of their son. Five of them were from the same family including a little baby and one is a neighbour who joined them. They were burnt to ashes.
“Also three other persons were attacked and two of them were killed. One of them, a woman, was the wife of a police officer deployed to Bornu State,” she narrated.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Border Peace and Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, revealed that government had deployed more security operatives to the area to ensure absolute peace is restored in the area and to find out why a land dispute would spill into markets and road very far from where land disputes is located.