From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
No fewer than seven persons were feared dead yesterday evening in Akokwa community in Ideato North council of Imo State, following a bloody clash between the Hausa/Fulani community and the indigenes.
It was gathered that trouble started when a member of the Hausa community whose name could not be ascertained as at press time had allegedly attacked and killed two of the indigenes and thereafter killed himself.
Angered by the dastardly act, the indigenes in a reprisal attacked the Hausa community, where four persons were killed as well as the destruction of several properties and houses.
According to the a source, “ an Hausa man who lives in Akokwa community had run amok, attacked and killed two indigenes and then killed himself, and angered by the terrible action of the Northerner who attacked an killed innocent indigenes of the community, and in the reprisal attack by the indigenes to avenge the deaths of their kinsmen, four other persons were killed with several properties and houses burnt down.
The source added, “ as I speak to you now many people have fled the community for fear of further attacks.”.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Imo State Police Command Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said that only three persons were killed in the fracas.