Villagers in Ububo, Awara in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo have fled their homes in the wake of youth restiveness that has left one woman dead and two houses burnt.
An eyewitness on Monday identified the cause of the crisis as the non-involvement of the youth of the community in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the community and Walter-Smith Ltd., an oil drilling company.
According to the source, who preferred anonymity, the youths were angered by the action of the elders and took the law into their hands.
The eyewitness said trouble started a day before the signing of the agreement as the youth failed to elect a representative to join the elders in the exercise.
The Public Relations Officer of the Imo Police Command, Mr Vitalis Onugu, confirmed the incident, saying that investigation had opened into the cause of the unrest.
He said a team of policemen had been dispatched to quell the restiveness.