Tension over heavy shooting on Enugu-Abakaliki highway

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Movement of vehicles and passengers along the Enugu Abakaliki expressway has been halted following heavy shooting at the Ezilo axis of the highway by gunmen.

It was not immediately clear those responsible for the shootings.

Two persons were earlier killed in a renewed boundary dispute between Exilic community and neighboring Iyionu community.

Both communities are in Ishielu local government area of the state.

It could not be immediately established if the shooting is connected with the dispute.

A passenger from Afam Cyprian, who was travelling to Enugu, said travellers have been stranded at Okpoto for about one hour.

He said military patrol vans were patrolling the highway but have told them not to advance.

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“Many people are looking for another route to take. Some have gone back to take Afikpo road. I am looking for a way to go back to Abakaliki,” he said.

Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah confirmed the shootings.

She said the Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba has dispatched police patrol teams to restore peace and open up the road for users.

She however said the shooting cannot be related to the boundary dispute as the disputed area is not close to the highway

Governor David Umahi on Tuesday confirmed the killing of two persons in the dispute after a Security Council meeting at the old Government House in Abakaliki.

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