By Chris Njoku, Owerri
Indigenes of Owaelu, Orji in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State fled on Monday when members of vigilante in the community and herdsmen reportedly clashed.
Though no casualty was recorded, an eyewitness said the incident, which occurred around 9: 30 pm, witnessed a gun duel between the two parties.
The Nation gathered some of the villagers fled to take refuge in neighbouring communities.
The eyewitness further said the vigilantes from the community overwhelmed the herdsmen who later ran away.
Another eyewitness told The Nation the herdsmen were the same chased away recently from their neighbouring community, Emii.
He claimed they were planned resettling in Orji before they were confronted by vigilantes in the area.
National President of Igbo National Council (INC) Chilos Godsent, who confirmed the incident, said the herdsmen were subdued due to awareness created by INC which introduced the “Operation Lion Walk” in the community.
Imo Police image maker, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he would get back when contacted by The Nation.
But he hasn’t got back as at the time of filing this report.