Abuja - A local king called on communities to desist from violence following the death of ten people in a River State village recently.
The people were killed during rival clashes between Inyima and Onyadama communities.
Sunday Okoi, the King of the Mkpani community urged the warring parties to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
The monarch said such conflicts over land were worrisome and should attract the attention and concern of well-meaning members of society and government.
Okoi said he was saddened by the incident and particularly the rumours that mercenaries from Mkpani supported the Inyima invaders.
“That Mkpani’s name is still dragged into the fray shows the malice and avowed desire of some people to malign and bring into disrepute the integrity of our people,” he said.
He said the incidents were unfortunate considering the villages that clashed had long cordial relations.
"There is an ancestral bond of friendship between the people of Mkpani and the two warring communities to the extent that one would never receive unfair advantage against the other. The two communities are our brothers, therefore the smear campaign is unnecessary and must stop and lasting peace must return to Inyima," he said.
He also called on law enforcement agencies and government to speed investigations.
– CAJ News