June 25, 2020
Operatives of Anambra Police Command have arrested no fewer than 16 suspects allegedly involved in fierce violence in a riverine community in Ogbaru Local Council Area following tussle over kingship.
It was gathered that today around 2:am there was a clash between some group of youth allegedly loyal to HRH Igwe Oliver Nnaji, (Igwe Ogwuniocha, a riverine Community in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State with another group of persons loyal to one Okwudili Oganah who allegedly crowned himself as the Igwe.
“As a result of the clash, one person was confirmed dead, five persons sustained injuries and some houses vandalized”, Police spokesman, Haruna Mohammed said.
According to Mohammed, “Following the report, the command quickly mobilised and dispatched joint patrol teams led by the Area Commander in charge of Oraifite, ACP Afolabi Wilfred to the Scene. Sixteen suspects have been arrested and investigation is ongoing to ascertain actual cause of the incident and extent of damage.
“Meanwhile, Normalcy has been restored in the affected area and Joint Security teams comprising of the Police, Navy, Civil Defence and local vigilante are on ground patrolling the Community in order to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police CP John Abang, enjoined all the warring factions to refrain from further hostilities and explore legal avenues towards addressing their grievances rather than resorting to violence which could lead to loss of lives and wanton destruction of property in the state”.