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3 killed, commercial activities paralyzed as 2 Edo communities clash

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3 killed, commercial activities paralyzed as 2 Edo communities clash

Three days of the communal clash between Uhonmora and Sabongida communities‎ in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State has left three persons dead.

Commercial and other activities in the two communities have been shut down.

The clash which started on Sunday over a disputed piece of land between the communities was said to have occurred when some persons from Uhonmora went to measure a piece of land between the boundary of the two communities and got attacked in the process by some persons from the other community.

It was gathered that several persons sustained injuries during the attack while their vehicles and motorcycles were damaged.
Following the incident, youths from Uhonmora reportedly carried out a reprisal attack on Sabongida-Ora the following day.
It was further gathered that following the clash, youths from both communities blocked the busy Ifon -Iruekpen Federal Road for the past three days, thus preventing motorists from going through the communities.

Commenting on the clash, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, called on the warring communities to embrace peace.
The lawmaker in a statement, said: “I am unhappy over this ugly incident that has created unrest, tension, and closure of business activities in Owan West.

“This is coming at a time when we should be joining hands to mobilize resources to empower our women and youths.
“It is so sad to see persons of the same family turn on one another. It is also a reflection of intolerance, unemployment, and lack of investment in Owan West.

“I sympathize with the families of the victims, including those injured in the fracas. I call on traditional, religious, community and political leaders to urgently wade into the matter with a view to restoring lasting peace and harmony”.

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