Ejinya Abakpa and Ejinya Eheche communities in the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State experienced a deadly unrest as a vigilance group clashed with some residents leading to to the death of a farmer and destruction of about 12 houses.
Eye witnesses said the incident which happened on Saturday began to brew last Thursday when members of the vigilance group stopped a man identified as Noah Ado, but he refused to stop.
It was gathered that Ejinya Eheche community has been deserted as residents scampered for safety.
Narrating the incident, a source who preferred anonymity said: “The man, Ado, ran to his house and brought out a double-barrelled gun. While the men of the vigilance group tried to disarm him, he fired a shot which hit a farmer, Augustine Gabriel, who was passing by.
“The victim was rushed to a hospital, but died along the way.
“Following the killing of Gabriel, angry youths from the community of the deceased farmer stormed Ejinya Eheche village, where the incident happened, and reportedly razed 12 houses.”
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson, William Aya said some of their men have been deployed to the scene to restore peace while an ongoing investigation has been launched to get to the root of the deadly clash.
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