3 killed in Kogi over chieftaincy tussle




No fewer than three people on Wednesday lost their lives as a result of chieftaincy tussle in Ankpa local government area of Kogi state.

Blueprint gathered that the long term disagreement between two clans in Akwu community over who produces the village head, degenerated  into skirmishes that  led to the death of the victims on  Wednesday night.

Source who pleaded for anonymity disclosed that the disagreement over the Onu Akwu stool has been on for several decades leading to litigation.

The source said that they were sleeping when they heard noise from the eastern part of the community that led to  some houses been set on fire, saying at least  20 houses were razed in the clash.

He revealed that three corpses were   evacuated as many people also sustained various degree of injuries, adding that those injured were taken to  hospitals in Ankpa town

Blueprint also gathered that the house of the Administrator for Ankpa local government area, Mr John Aduga was among the houses burnt as his kinsman is said to be one of the contenders to the chieftaincy.

The Public Relations Officer of Kogi state police command , DSP William Aya, confirmed the incident  on Thursday, saying the clash was as a result of  chieftaincy tussle which had been existing in the community for any years.

He explained that apart from the three lives lost and houses razed, five motorcycles were also burnt in the clash.

Aya disclosed that no arrest has been made in connection with the incident as residents deserted the community when they sighted policemen.

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