Two more persons have died in renewed hostilities between the people of Ochenyim village, Amagu community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Adadama community in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State over their boundary.
The victims – Okechukwu John Ogwa and Mrs. Nweke Nwankwo – are said to be from Ochenyim village.
Also, the policemen on duty in the disputed land were reportedly attacked by the warring communities.
The village head, Chief Peter Azuegu, said Mrs. Nwankwo was harvesting cassava in a farm near the disputed boundary when she was killed.
Police spokesman George Okafor, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), confirmed the incident.
He said: “The matter was reported to the police that Nweke Nwankwo left her home at 9 a.m to harvest cassava and did not come back and that nobody could trace her whereabouts.”
The spokesman said immediately the matter was reported to the police, it raised a team to support other mobile and conventional policemen to the disputed area.
He said immediately the policemen arrived on the scene, the hoodlums opened fire on them.
Okafor said: “They were even using real bullets, not even cartridges. They actually wanted to kill our men, but God, being on our side, no policeman was killed.”
He warned the residents to avoid the disputed land.
The spokesman pleaded with the residents not to take the law into their hands.