Two Killed In Edo As Communities Clash Over Mangoes

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Two persons have been killed and 40 houses burnt in a clash between two communities in Akoko-Edo local government of Edo State.

The clash between the two communities, Uneme-Ekpedo and Bekuma-Okpameri happened on Wednesday after some members quarreled over mango. It was gathered that four persons from Uneme-Ekpedo community went to a bush to pluck mangoes but one of them was killed by youths from Bekuma-Okpameri community who claimed the mango tree belonged to them.

In a reprisal, youths from Uneme-Ekpedo were said to have mobilized and attacked Bekuma-Okpameri attacking residents and set houses ablaze, including the palace of the traditional ruler of Bekuma-Okpameri, HRH Moses Alabi.

Persons injured in the attacked are now receiving treatment at an emergency camp at Lampese, a neighboring community.

Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the incident and said a fact finding police team has been sent to the community to arrest the perpetrators.

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