FRESH land dispute has allegedly erupted between Omor and Igbakwu communities of Ayamelu Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that Igbakwu community was on Friday, attacked by syndicates from Omor community over a protracted land dispute between the two communities which court judgment had in the past, ruled in favour of Igbakwu community.
According to an eye witness, Mr. Anthony Edochie, from Isiokwe village, Igbakwu , the syndicates equipped themselves with sophisticated weapons such as guns, matches and other dangerous weapons..
He said that the syndicates besieged Igbakwu community around 6:30am and attacked one Mr. Peter Okafor from Isiokwe village, Amaechi Onuorah from Eriator village and Mr. Sunday Onyibor, also from Eriator, cutting them with matchets.
According to him, the syndicates equally set ablaze a four- room and parlour apartment belonging to one Mr. Peter Onyejekwe, from Eriator and a Retired Police Officer.
President-General of Igbakwu Community, Mr. Mike Chike, confirmed the incident and assured that the stakeholders in Ayamelum communities were on top of the matter.
According to him, the Anambra State Government has intervened by sending a team of joint security men to the area, adding that both the state government and chairman, Transition Committee of the LGA, were working out modalities to fashion out a permanent solution to the vicious land dispute over the years.
He said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Ayamelu Local Government Area, has been duly informed.
The President-General of Omor community, Mr. Mike Nnebife, also confirmed the incident, stressing that the people of Igbakwu , in retaliation, shot three people, adding that they were receiving treatment in a hospital.
He denied the allegation that the people of Omor set houses on fire, rather he said that it was alleged by the people of Igbakwu as some of their defensive mechanism against them.
As at the time of filing this report, all efforts to contact the state police public relations officer proved abortive.