The Niger State Police command on Saturday confirmed that the communal clash between two communities in the state brought about destruction of houses and farmlands worth millions of naira.
This was revealed by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, in an interview with reporters in Minna, the state capital.
According to him, three people were injured as two communities in Katcha and Mokwa Local Government areas fought over the ownership of a forest, believed to be a source of income in the area.
“The economic value of the forest” had made it difficult for the leaderships of the affected communities to resolve the problem.
“This is the major reason why this problem has not been resolved by the traditional rulers from both emirates,’’ he said.
He stated that anti-riot policemen have been drafted to the troubled areas to compliment efforts of the regular policemen in maintaining law and order and that the situation is under control with two suspects arrested.
The Police Spokesperson urged the people of the two communities to be law abiding and to go about their lawful businesses as normalcy had been restored in the affected areas.
He advised them to report any person or group that might want to cause any form of social unrest to the nearest security agency.