Two persons have been killed and 40 houses razed down in a clash between two communities in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The Uneme-Ekpedo and Bekuma-Okpameri cpmmunities clashed on Wednesday after some members quarrelled over a mango tree.
It was gathered that four persons from Uneme-Ekpedo community went to a bush to pluck mangoes, but one of them was killed by youths from Bekuma-Okpameri community, who claimed the mango tree belonged to them.
Peeved by the killing, youths from Uneme-Ekpedo were said to have mobilized and attacked Bekuma-Okpameri and set houses ablaze.
The palace of the traditional ruler of Bekuma-Okpameri, HRH Moses Alabi, was also torched by the rampaging youths.
Persons injured in the attacked are now receiving treatment at an emergency camp at Lampese, a neighboring community.
A source said, “As I am talking to you, there is nobody in Bekuma-Okpameri. It was unbelievable. The youths have completely sacked the community and residents are now camped in Lampese.”
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the incident and said a fact-finding police team has been sent to the community to arrest the perpetrators.
Ezike added that the police held talks with the two traditional rulers.