– Three people have been killed following a clash between Igbo and Hausas in Imo state
– The inter-ethnic fracas broke-out after an Hausa man reportedly killed a girl and a woman
– Police say everything has been put under control
The police command in Imo state has said that three people have been killed following an inter-ethnic flare-up in the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), two women and a man were murdered at Akokwa community in Ideato Local Government Area on Friday, August 12.
DSP Andrew Enwerem, the police spokesman who confirmed the incident in a chat with NAN on Friday in Owerri, said some others sustained injuries.
Enwerem explained that an unidentified man, said to be from the northern part of Nigeria, had run amok and killed a girl and a woman and thereafter killed himself.
He said some aggrieved youths immediately went for reprisal attacks. This he said led to some other persons sustaining various degrees of injuries.
According to Enwerem, the report came to the Imo police headquarters not long after the incident occurred and the commissioner of police deployed anti-riot policemen who stopped the incident from spreading further.
“Reports to police showed that a yet to be identified northerner ran amok at Akokwa community and used weapons to attack and kill a girl and a woman and thereafter killed himself,” he said.
Enwerem said the problem has been brought under control, adding that normalcy has returned to the area.
A witness had told newsmen that the girl killed was hawking snacks when the northerner suddenly chased her till she ran to an elderly woman for protection.