There is an inter-community war currently going on in Anambra state between Omor and Umumbo people in Ayamelum local government area and people are dying according to source.
The people are calling on Gov. Willie Obiano to do something before it blows off.
“Governor Willie Obiano please do something. Omor people are killing Umumbo people that is leaving in their community burning their properties and holding their wives and children hostages.”
“Please am calling on security agency of Anambra state to come and rescue the land. In Ayamelum LGA Anambra North,” the source laments.
For the record, 300 persons have been injured while over 50 have been declared missing – source says they were abducted – as the two community – Omor and Umumbo – clash.
A large number of houses, shops and rice mills belonging to Umumbo community were also destroyed.
The speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Okafor, who represents the constituency in the state legislature, was accompanied by heavily armed military and mobile policemen to quell the bloody clash.
Some unconfirmed number of people were said to have been arrested, even as those at large were being fished out by security operatives.
The two communities are among the major food-producing areas of Anambra State, where rice and other grains are produced in large quantity.
This latest squabble was the high point of a protracted land dispute between the two communities, which started during the last dry season.
According to eye witness, a section of one of the communities allegedly breached the gentleman’s agreement reached between the two traditional rulers of the two communities sometime last year, thus igniting the latest clash.
Following the clash, many people ran away from their houses for fear of being killed, as both communities pushed towards each other in a severe confrontational manner.
The Omor and Umumbo communities had over the years been involved in land disputes that had claimed several lives and property.
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, vowed to deal decisively with those who masterminded the conflict.
Adinuba said security operatives had been directed to bring those involved in the clash to justice.
The statement read in part, “The Anambra State government notes with profound sadness the conflict between the people of Umumbo and their neighbours in Omor community over land ownership which has in the last two days resulted in one confirmed fatality and the destruction of valuable assets in both places.”
“Security agents drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps have been drafted to the scene to stabilize the situation and maintain law and order, just as a curfew has been imposed in the two communities from 6pm to 6am.”
“This conflict is a negation of the strenuous effort the government and people of Anambra State have been making in the past six years to make Anambra, not only the safest and most secure state in the federation but also the most socially harmonious.
“Given that the state government considers the safety of the life and property of every Anambra person an article of faith, those responsible for the violence between the Omor and Umumbo communities will be made to feel the full weight of the law accordingly.”