At least five persons have been severely injured in a communal clash that broke out between two communities in Katcha and Mokwa local government areas of Niger State.
The fracas in which dangerous weapons were used by the combatants had several houses and other properties valued at millions of naira destroyed.
It was gathered that trouble started when a woman from Mokwa community died and the relations tried to bury her remains in Katcha area but they were stopped from doing so.
The situation, which reportedly degenerated on Friday following the attack on people from Katcha as they were going to their farms, was said to have angered the people in Mokwa, resulting in secrete attacks on people from both communities.
The Police however speedily moved to save the situation before further damage was done.
Three people described as “the brain behind the disturbance” have been arrested by the Police, while the hunt for other masterminds of the crisis had begun.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Niger State, DSP Bala Elikana, when contacted confirmed the story saying the crisis had been lingering and that all efforts to reconcile the warring communities had failed.
Elkana said the crisis had lingered following the claim to the forest between the communities where a lot of revenue was being generated.
He said: “This is the major reason why this problem has not abated the traditional rulers from both Emirates have tried but they are yet to get the way out.”
Elkana said Mobile Policemen had been drafted to the troubled areas to compliment regular policemen to maintain law and order.
The police spokesman said sanity had returned to the area, but we will continue to maintain vigilance there.