Lingering crisis between community elders and a youth leader in Iguadolor community in the Ovia South West local Government Area of Edo State has claimed the lives of at least three persons.
The victims, a mother, a girl and a six-month-old baby were reportedly killed by hoodlums in an attack on the community.
Punch Newspaper reports that the victims were children and grandchildren of the Odionwere (head) of the village, Pa. Omorogbe Avanrenren.
It quoted eyewitness account as saying the killings might be connected with the lingering crisis between the community elders and Okaighele (youth head) of the community, Perrick Egbon.
Pa Avanrenren said he was shocked that his children were attacked and killed by the hoodlums.
Chairman of Ovia South West LGA, Scot Ogbemudia, who visited the community appealed for calm and promised to fish out the killers.
“We will make sure we investigate this incident. We will work with security agencies and ensure the law takes its course,” he said.
The paper also quoted Egbon as denying involvement in the killings in a phone interview with its correspondent.
Spokesman for the Edo Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the killings but said no arrest had been made.
He said, “It actually happened. Three persons were killed; two female adults and a baby. The police are currently investigating the incident.”