Abuja - The Imo State Government has appealed
for calm following the deadly inter-ethnic clashes in Akokwa community in
Ideato Local Government Area this past weekend.
Five people were confirmed dead from the clashes pitting
the Hausa and the Igbo.
This was sparked by a man killing a girl, a woman and
himself in unclear circumstances.
Reprisal attacks followed.
Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, denounced the violence.
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“We totally condemn the unfortunate and avoidable
incidents,” he said during s visit to bereaved families.
“We want to call on all and sundry to be calm and law
abiding. We assure you that measures have been taken to ensure that the
situation is brought under control. Security agencies have deployed their men
to beef up security and to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.”
He called on the people to be vigilant at all times and
report any suspicious movements to security agencies.
State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, while
concurring with the stance of government, regretted the incident.
He however called for calm while revealing that
the police, in collaboration with sister agencies, were probing the matter.