Ebonyi - One person has been confirmed dead and properties worth millions of naira destroyed in Okposi, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi during clashes involving some youths.
The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved youths from Okposi-Okwu and Amenuegu-Okposi villages.
An eyewitness said trouble started when a group of boys waylaid and beat up a girl from Amenuegu village before another boy, Nwabueze Nwachukwu, tried to rescue her.
“The boys subsequently attacked and stabbed Nwachukwu to death, which made youths of the community go berserk, and destroyed properties worth millions of naira in the process.
“The irate youths on getting to the shop and residential building of Abah Nwankwo at Ohammahi, Okposi-Okwu, destroyed three buildings in the compound.
“Two motorcycles were also burnt alongside his livestock such as goats and dogs, among others," the eyewitness said.
Narrating his ordeal, Lazarus Nwankwo, the younger brother to Nwankwo, said the heavily armed boys numbering more than 20, beat up his elder brother to a state of coma before taking him away.
Obidiya Okoro-Eze from Mkpuma-Nweze village said the youths also burnt all her clothes.
“My son was, however, involved in beating the deceased and though my family handed him over to them, they still destroyed everything inside the compound and stole my N12 000.
Mark Onu, the Coordinator of Okposi Development Centre, said the situation had been brought under control through his quick intervention.
“I advise youths to be law-abiding and not to take the law into their hands, as the enthronement of peace and harmony in the area would bring rapid development,” he said.
Chris Anyanwu, the Ebonyi Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident.
Anyanwu, who could not say whether any arrests had been made, however, promised to update newsmen on the situation in the area.
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