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Bayelsa panel probes deadly farmland clashes

25 November 2013, 07:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bayelsa State Government has set investigation panel to probe the deadly clashes between the Agudama-Epie and Akenfa communities in Yenagoa local government area.

Three people were killed and several injured when the communities recently clashed over farmland.

State Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah, heads the panel that will look into the issue. Other members include the State Commissioner of Police, Director of the State Security Service, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters.

According to a statement released from the Government House, the establishment of the committee became imperative in order to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis.

Government stated that where such could be achieved, the government would be forced to invoke a section of the constitution and take over the ownership of the land in accordance with the laws of the land.

The statement added that security operatives had been deployed to the area to prevent any form of reprisal attacks by either of the feuding parties.

Meanwhile, representatives of the affected communities were also summoned to a meeting at the Deputy Governor's office, Government House in Yenagoa over the weekend.

The State Government condemned the inter-communal clash and called on the feuding communities to maintain calm pending the outcome of the investigation of a panel set up by the government.

– CAJ News


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