Assailants suspected to be hoodlums on Sunday attacked a former Chief Judge of Anambra State (name withheld) and burnt several houses in a communal clash in the state.
The communities involoved are Anaku and Omor communities in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state.
A source revealed that no fewer than three buildings were burnt, adding that about nine persons injured in the fracas.
The source revealed that “about nine persons, including a former Chief Judge of the state, were injured; with two persons in critical condition, while three houses, including that of a former Commissioner in the state, were razed.
“The clash might not be unconnected with an age-long land dispute between the two communities, with the recent being triggered by some youths from Omor community, with a reprisal attack by Anaku youths.
“Some youths from Anaku community attacked the former Chief Judge from Omor town and inflicted on him machete cuts.
“Some youths in our community, out of anger, stormed Anaku community and burnt down buildings, including those of a former Commissioner and the slate Traditional Ruler of the community,” the source said.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed the incident.
He noted that normalcy had returned to the communities following the visit by the Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi, and a team of officers to the area on Sunday.