About four persons have been reportedly killed as suspected herdsmen and farmers clashed in Iwoye area of Imeko-Afon LGA,
ghered that the happening has ignited tension in the agrarian community though now under control and has also left some police officers injured.
The state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, visited the town for on-the-spot assessment and addressed stakeholders on the need to ensure peaceful coexistence among different tribes, especially the herdsmen and their host communities.
It was gathered that the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in charge of Imeko and a police inspector were shot in one of the attacks.
Accounts by eyewitnesses have it that the chaos broke out after suspected Fulani herdsmen made their cattle to drink from the community stream and polluted the water.
A native, who allegedly challenged the alleged action of the herdsmen, was said to have been shot dead in the ensuing altercation.
The killing sparked crisis and made the community members mobilise for reprisal attacks.
However, in an attempt by policemen to apprehend some of the perpetrators, the herdsmen who had laid an ambush opened fire on the security agents, killing one of the civilian accomplices of the policemen.
The slain civilian was identified as Kabiru Ogunrinde while the DCO and inspector were injured by the suspected herdsmen
A source from the affected area said six persons have so far been killed from both sides.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the clash but said only one death had been identified by the police command.