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Youths allegedly attack Anambra rice farmers, three missing


Anambra State

No fewer than three people have been declared missing after some youths attacked rice farmers in the Omor community, Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Spokesman for the community, Udoji Amaedu, on Wednesday, said there are fears that three people – James Nzekwesi, Chukwutoo Onyeagolu and Emmanuel Raymond – as well as several others may have been killed by their attackers.

WUZUPNIGERIA reports that Omor and the neighbouring Anaku Community in the same local government area of the state had been engaged in a bitter face-off for a long time.

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In this latest attack, armed youths from the Anaku community were alleged to have taken farmlands in Omor by storm around 8.20 am and allegedly opened fire on the rice farmers.

Okwudili Chukwuemeka, a rice farmer from the Omor community said he was on his farm working when the youths attacked.

He said, “I screamed as I ran for my dear life. Thank God I escaped without any injury.”

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Another farmer, Avuluiveekwulu Obiorah who said he was irrigating his rice farm when the attackers came said, “I had thought efforts were on top gear to resolve the crisis but I was shocked when I heard gunshots and saw Omor farmers running out of their farms. As we ran, we heard them chanting war songs.

“The attackers were forced to flee on sighting military operatives in the area who drove to the scene following an alert.

“It was on this same road that some youths attacked a former Chief Judge of Anambra, stole his phones, and gave him machete cuts.”

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According to the PUNCH, a youth leader from Anaku, who preferred anonymity, said the attack was a reprisal for “what Omor people did to our women earlier.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was yet to be briefed on the development.

“I don’t have details on any such incident please,” he said.