Imo community restive after tragic ethnic violence

Imo state logoEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Imo State Government has appealed for calm  following the deadly inter-ethnic clashes in Akokwa community in Ideato  Local Government Area this past weekend.

Five people were confirmed dead from the clashes pitting the Hausa and the Igbo.

This was sparked by a man killing a girl, a woman and himself in unclear  circumstances.

Reprisal attacks followed.

Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, denounced the violence.

“We totally condemn the unfortunate and avoidable incidents,” he said during s visit to bereaved families.

“We want to call on all and sundry to be calm and law abiding. We assure  you that measures have been taken to ensure that the situation is brought under control. Security agencies have deployed their men to beef up  security and to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.”

He called on the people to be vigilant at all times and report any  suspicious movements to security agencies.

State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, while concurring with the stance of government, regretted the incident.

He however called for calm while revealing that the police, in collaboration with sister agencies, were probing the matter.

CAJ News

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