Five persons killed in Bayelsa land dispute

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

About five persons were reportedly killed on Friday in Bayelsa State following a communal clash between Agudama-Epie and Akenfa communities in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Agudama-Epie is the host to the South-South Campus of the Nigerian Law School and Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy.

Our correspondents gathered in Yenegoa that the two communities were fighting over a disputed farmland behind the Law School.

The five victims, said to be indigenes of Aguama-Epie, were killed on the disputed land in the early hours of Friday, in a fracas which sources say the attackers from both communities were armed with dangerous weapons such as guns and machetes.

One of the corpses of the victims was said to have been recovered while four were still being searched as at press time.

Our correspondent gathered that the land had been a source of dispute for many years with occasional threats by both communities, but Friday’s clash, it was gathered, was triggered by the presence of some members of a committee set up to resolve the dispute on the disputed land.

“The fight is caused by a land dispute. It has been there. They set up a committee to resolve the issue. The committee went to the land. Their presence triggered the fight,” a security source said.

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