One person has been killed while over 70 houses were set ablazed in a communal clash between two communities in Kogi State.
The community involved in the communal clash are Oturpo-Ojile and Ochi-Ibadan under Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Trouble was started when some villagers in Ochi-Ibadan allegedly killed a Man from Oturpo-Ojile who it was gathered was returning from Lagos to his own village, (Oturpo-Ojile).
Aggrieved with the death of their son, some youths from Oturpo-Ojile in a reprisal attack went straight to
Ochi-Ibadan and allegedly burnt down over 70 houses.
The member representing Ankpa I state Constituency, Hon. Akus Lawal confirmed the incident on the floor of the Kogi State House of Assembly during plenary on Thursday.
He said “The sad incident occurred on 14th January, 2024. The communal clash between two community is very worrisome and should not repeat itself again. We were informed by the death of one Man from Oturpo-Ojile while returning from a journey led to a reprisal attack by his people on Ochi-Ibadan village who they accused to have caused the death of their son. Over 70 houses and many properties in Ochi-Ibadan were burnt down.
“We must commend the Commissioner of Police who went to this community for an on the spot assessment and thd Kogi State Government under Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the quick response. We are praying that such communal clash will not happen in our land again”.
He, however, appealed to the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials for all the affected victims in the communal clash.