Three people were allegedly confirmed dead while a yet to ascertained number also sustained injuries of varying degrees during a communal clash between Boku and Doko communities in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
Sources said a dispute that led to the crisis might not be unconnected to a protracted feud over claims to a parcel of land between the two communities.
Unconfirmed sources said trouble started last Thursday and Friday when Doko people allegedly launched an attack against Boku community, setting houses, shops and grain reservoir and barns on fire.
Vehicles and motorcycles belonging to Boku people were also not spared, just as livestock including; cows, goats, sheep and undisclosed sums of money belonging to the people were also looted by the invading community.
One of the residents of Boku, Malam Mohammed Alikali, who recounted his loses told journalists that two persons died instantly while the third person with life threatening gun shot injuries later died at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Bida.
Sources added that a large store house belonging to Niger State chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) located within the village was also torched
The two villages have been deserted and the villagers are taking refuge in the neighboring villages.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger State Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the communal clash but said, ‘normalcy has been restored to the troubled areas while investigation is ongoing to arrest perpetuators for prosecution’.