AWKA- The situation is getting clearer in the Umumbo-Omor clashes which Anambra State Government earlier said claimed one life.
The DAILY INDEPENDENT can report that indeed it was a mayhem in which over 50 persons got missing while 300 others sustained machete and gun shot injuries.
The cause of the bloody clash, it was learnt was over some piece of land which had during dry farming caused some misunderstanding between the two communities.
It was learnt that quick intervention of combined military and Police averted even a bloodier mayhem than what was witnessed.
Notably, the two villages were among the food producing communities in Anambra State, where rice and other grains were heavily produced.
An eye witness said, “No fewer than 300 farmers sustained various degrees of bullets and machete injuries during the communal clash. Also about 50 persons were abducted during the bloody clash.”
“The squabble, which started during the last dry season, was initially nipped before it could snowball into major crises. The current misunderstanding was a result of some unscrupulous elements among the farmers that instigated some to seek vengeance.”
It was learnt that the cause of the mayhem was a breach of a gentleman’s agreement reached between the monarchs of the two communities sometime last year which was exploited by trouble makers from the two communities.
It was learnt that a number of houses, shops and even rice mills belonging to Umumbo community were torched in the heat of the clash.
People ran away from their houses for fear of being killed as both communities pushed toward each other in severe confrontational manner.
At the moment the two communities were a shadow of themselves as they have scattered to avoid being caught in the orgy of the crisis.