There was a mild tension on Monday in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo state when indigenes of Owaelu reportedly fled on Monday following the clash between members of vigilante and herdsmen.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred around 9:30 pm and witnessed a gun duel between the herdsmen and members of vigilante.

Although there was no casualty but some of the villagers fled to take refuge in neighbouring communities, WITHIN NIGERIA learnt.

The eyewitness further said the vigilantes from the community overwhelmed the herdsmen who later ran away.

The herdsmen were the same chased away recently from their neighbouring community, Emii, the eyewitness added.

He claimed they were planned resettling in Orji before they were confronted by vigilantes in the area.

Speaking on the incident, National President of Igbo National Council (INC) Chilos Godsent confirmed the incident.

Godsent said the herdsmen were subdued due to awareness created by INC which introduced the “Operation Lion Walk” in the community.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu said he would get back and he has not got back to us as at the time of filing this report.