2 beheaded in fresh Anambra, Kogi Oil wells battle

The battle between Anam­bra and Kogi states over oil wells at their bound­ary took another dimen­sion yesterday when two people were beheaded at Eziagulu Otu near the em­battled Orient Petroleum Resources Ltd in Anambra East Local Government Area The suspected kill­ers may have come from Kogi State.

The hoodlums allegedly invaded the island com­munity during the day as the people were in their farms working, they were attacked.

The attack came barely 24 hours after Orient Pe­troleum Board of Direc­tors visited Governor Wil­lie Obiano of Anambra State and informed that the company had acquired two new wells in Agul­eri and would increase its crude oil production to 3,000 barrels per day next month.

The attackers, allegedly took the farmers unawares and as many of them ran into the river. They invad­ers attacked six of them, killing two and wounding four, who are being treat­ed at a private hospital in Onitsha.

At Press time, it was not clear if there were some people still missing.

One of the distress mes­sages sent to newsmen while the attack was on read, “Information reach­ing our town indicates that Kogi people are right now attacking Eziagulu Otu and Enugu Otu in several groups and are about to overrun the area and the oil field facilities there.”

Another message from the president-general of Aguleri said, “Eziagulu Otu is presently under siege by our Kogi neigh­bours.

“I am informed that se­rious fighting is going on and casualties have been recorded. We are at a dis­advantage under their superior fire-power. The situation is bad.”

Confirming the attack, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, said his men and the Kogi State Police Command have stepped in to stop further clashes.

He said, “the attack was really unfortunate. We have moved to the area, but the problem is that the terrain is posing a great challenge to the police as it is surrounded by water.”

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