Mayhem was unleashed in the Akokwa community of Ideato Local Government Area, Imo State on Friday, August 12, 2016 after an Hausa man killed two residents of the community.
According to Channels TV, no fewer than six persons are feared dead during a reprisal attack by angry youths of the community.
Confirming the incident, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, said preliminary investigations revealed that the clash was triggered by an alleged murder of a woman and her friend by a Hausa man.
According to him, the middle aged Hausa man, who works as a security guard in the area, had a misunderstanding with a young woman which became intense that the man murdered the woman with a shovel.
Mr Lakanu also said that the Hausa allegedly went ahead to kill the woman’s friend who was trying to settle the issue.
“On seeing the level of crime committed, the Hausa man went ahead and committed suicide,” he said.
He further disclosed that members of the community launched a reprisal attack against northerners in the area as soon as the news filtered across, and three persons died during the process.
The Commissioner of Police, however said the command had deployed adequate policemen in the area to restore normalcy.
Meanwhile, the state government has called on indigenes to remain calm and go about their lawful duties, as the security agents were taking measures to ensure the situation is brought under maximum control.
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