Four killed over land ownership in Edo

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At least, over four persons reportedly lost their lives in a bloody clash between Amagba and Oke-Oroma communities in Oredo and Ikpoba-Okha local government areas respectively.

Tontrends learnt that the clash was caused by struggle over ownership of land.

It was also learnt that a woman, two youths and 95-year-old Monday Okhuelegbe were killed in the clash.

According to sources, armed youths besieged Oke-Oroma community at about 10pm on Friday and started shooting sporadically.

It was gathered that trouble started for both communities when elders of Oke-Oroma insisted that they are not under authority of Amagba.

Some members of the community took to street protest to the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II and the Edo NUJ centre, carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “Oba of Benin come to our rescue”, ” Joshua leave us alone”, “We are under mass killings.”

Spokesman for the Oke-Oroma community, Mr. Nicholas Aguebor, said they thought threats of the latest attack were rumour until armed youths stormed the community destroying their property and sacking them from their homes.

Aguebor said their great grandfathers lived in that community for centuries without trouble.

He said they were surprised with the sudden invasion of the community by Amagba and other neighbouring communities.

Aguebor called on the state governor and the Oba of Benin to come to their rescue to put an end to the communal crisis so that normacy could return to their community.

“We have been having cases and our case is still at the palace but yesterday, they just came with arms.

“They have killed our people, burnt houses and even now we are still looking for our brothers and sisters and we can’t find them.

“Some of them are even in the river now we can’t find them and none of us can even go there now. We have all fled our homes”, he said.

Odionwere (Village head) of Amagba Mr. Joseph Iduoriyekemwen denied any attacks on Oke-Oruma.

He said Amagba had no boundary with Oke-Oroma community but with Obagie Nevbosa.

The village head said Oke-Oroma has always been a part of Amagba.

Edo state commissioner of police Mr Lawa Jimeta who confirmed the attack said some arrest have been made while arms were recovered

CP Jimeta maintained that the police was already on top of the situation, but however said that no corpse of those allegedly killed have been found.

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