Eight persons killed in communal crisis in Ebonyi State

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The Police in Ebonyi State has confirmed the killing of eight persons, including a three-month-old baby, in the resumed boundary dispute between two communities in the state.

While six of the victims, five from the same family, were burnt to death in a bus they were travelling in; the others were shot dead.

The attacks happened along the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike road, near the border between the two communities.

Police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident. She said the incident happened on Saturday.

According to her, one of the victims is the wife of a police officer serving in the state but now on secondment to Borno State.

“It is a longstanding dispute between Ndiagu Alike community in Ikwo local government area and Enyibichiri community in Abakaliki local government area that erupted the on Saturday,” she said.

“A vehicle was seen burning on the road allegedly set ablaze by warriors from one of the communities.

“The victims were coming from Abakaliki where they attended the matriculation of their son. Five of them were from the same family including a baby; one is a neighbour who joined them.

“Also three other persons were attacked, and two of them were killed. One of them, a woman was the wife of a police officer deployed to Borno,” she said.

The communities have had an intractable land tussle for decades, and all attempts to settle the dispute by successive administrations in the state have proved abortive.

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