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Both groups, Aguleri and Umuleri, said to be related, were engaged in a fierce war between 1999 and 2001, which prompted Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the then president, to intervene in vain.

No less than one home, four vehicles and two motorcycles were burned to ashes on Friday, according to a report by the Daily Post, as two neighbouring communities in Anambra engaged in hostilities.

Both groups, Aguleri and Umuleri, said to be related, were engaged in a fierce war between 1999 and 2001, which prompted Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the then president, to intervene in vain.

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The societies are engaged in a rivalry between them for a wide area of land.

It was learned that on Friday hostilities began again, resulting in the burning down of a house, four vehicles, and two motorcycles by rampaging up young people from both communities. Governor Willie Obiano is originally from Aguleri.

Anambra Police Speaker, CSP Haruna Mohammed, who informed the incident that the situation had been brought under control, began investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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In his clarification, Mohammed said, “At approximately 7:15 a.m. on 16/1/2021, there was a crisis report between Umueri and Aguleri Communities both in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State on a disputed land area claimed ownership by both Communities.”

Following the distress, the command quickly dispatched to the scene joint police teams consisting of PMF/RRS and other traditional units in coordination with other security agencies headed by the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of DCP Salman Dogo operations. The situation has been brought under control, although the joint patrol continues to restore normalcy in the areas affected.

Mohammed said there was no life lost, but injuries were registered. He said, “The warring factions set ablaze one building, four vehicles and two motorcycles.”

He added that “Police Commissioner CP John B.Abang directed State CID Awka to conduct a discrete investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and to book the offenders.”

The CP also warned all parties to preserve peace and to pursue all legal options without resorting to violence to settle their grievances. He further assured both sides that in order to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem, he would contact the State Government to intervene in the matter.


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