In another inter-ethnic flare-up, the Imo State Police command, in eastern Nigeria, has confirmed the death of three persons amongst them two women and a man at Akokwa community in Ideato Local Government Area on Friday.
DSP Andrew Enwerem, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) who confirmed the incident in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Owerri, said some others sustained injuries.
He 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.
“Report 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 NAN that the girl killed was hawking snacks when the northerner suddenly chased her till she ran to an elderly woman for protection.
The witness added that the man attacked both the girl and the woman with shovel resulting to their immediate death.
He said that the killing sparked off reprisal attack by the youths and the killing of the attacker, while some others sustained various degrees of injuries.
NAN learnt that Police and other security agencies deployed to the community are still there as at press time to prevent the clash from spreading.