From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu and Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Umunze, a border community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State has been abandoned by youths following a clash between the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and some youths of the community.
A police officer and two youths were reported killed in the clash.
Already, several youths in the area have been arrested while a police vehicle and a brothel were destroyed.
The state command Police Public Relations Officer, Nkiruka Nwode, admitted that SARS was in Umunze on different assignment and asked The AUTHORITY to await the official police statement on the alleged killing of the officer and two youths.
The AUTHORITY learnt trouble started about 4:30pm on Friday when a Hilux vehicle owned by SARS parked at the famous joint in the village known as Guzoro Ministry with the policemen harassing people.
Their action allegedly infuriated the youths who had earlier last two months held a peaceful protest and rejected the services of the police, SARS or any law enforcement agency in the community.
They barricaded the arena and resisted any attempt to arrest any patron of the joint, an act which did not go down with the SARS operatives.
The operatives allegedly shot five youths, which infuriated the youths leading to a riot and the death of one SARS officers.
Their Hilux van was sent ablaze, which forced the security operatives to flee the community.
An eyewitness said that the crisis started on Friday evening when SARS operatives came to arrest one Okechukwu, the owner of Guzoro.
Another source said that when Okechukwu was not found, the SARS attempted to arrest his younger brother, Ajah and the barman, but were resisted by the youths leading to the fracas.
The traditional ruler of Umunze, Igwe Promise Eze, who confirmed the incident, said that the situation was under control.