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Two killed, over 70 houses burnt in Kogi communal clash

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Two persons have been killed while over 70 houses were set ablaze in a communal clash between two communities in Kogi State. The communities involved in the communal clash are Oturpo-Ojile and Ochi-Ibadan under Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Trouble started when some villagers in Ochi-Ibadan allegedly killed a man from Oturpo-Ojile who was returning from Lagos to his own village, (Oturpo-Ojile).

Aggrieved with the death of their son, some youths from Oturpo-Ojile in a reprisal went straight to Ochi-Ibadan and allegedly burnt down over 70 houses.

The member representing Ankpa I state Constituency, Hon. Akus Lawal confirmed the incident on the floor of the Kogi State House of Assembly during plenary on Thursday.

He said “The sad incident occurred on January 14, 2024. The communal clash between two communities is very worrisome and should not repeat itself again. We were informed that the death of one man from Oturpo-Ojile while returning from a journey led to a reprisal by his people on Ochi-Ibadan village, who they accused to have caused the death of their son. Over 70 houses and many properties in Ochi-Ibadan were burnt down.

“We must commend the Commissioner of Police who went to this community for an on the spot assessment and the Kogi State Government under Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the quick response. We are praying that such a communal clash will not happen in our land again.”

He, however, appealed to the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials for all the affected victims in the communal clash.

When contacted, the spokesman for the state police command, SP William Aya, confirmed the incident. He said Peter and one other person were killed by a mob action following a communal clash between Oturpo-Ojile and Ochi-Ibadan villages after Peter was killed.

According to him, “Thirty houses  were razed while several property were destroyed.”

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