8 Persons Feared Dead, Others Injured In  Delta Communal Crisis

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    By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    No fewer than eight persons has been reported dead with several others
    seriously injured in renewed hostilities between Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe Communities in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta
    State.

    AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that many houses were also razed when the crisis broke out on Tuesday after one of the communities attempted
    invasion of the other and in a swift resistance, several persons were
    injured and houses also destroyed.
    Okpolo Enwhe and Igbide Communities have been at loggerheads over a
    disputed land for decades with both sides laying claims of ownership.
    In chat with AUTHENTIC News Daily, a source who craved anonymity
    said,“We have been maintaining our stand on the order of the state
    government, local government, and Isoko Development Union (IDU), but the
    other people are not keeping to the order, people when they invaded
    our community and we cannot fold our hands to allow them to have it,
    it is not possible,”.
    The Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Council, Hon. Malik
    Ithiako Ikpokpo described the renewed attacks by both communities
    as callous, distasteful and a sad reminder of the loss of common values and sense of brotherhood.
    He said, “It is unimaginable injuries and wanton loss of properties.”
    “This has regrettably gone beyond a land dispute as precious lives are
    daily slaughtered by evil and criminally minded few. Women, children
    and elders of both communities have been displaced by the gross
    irresponsibility of some renegades. This must stop. Government hereby
    for the umpteenth time appeal passionately to both communities for a
    ceasefire.”
    “The endless panic, tension and large scale destruction over a mere
    piece of land is cruel and inhuman. We have fought enough. We have
    destroyed enough. Enough is enough”.
    He urged indigenes of both communities that have deserted both warring
    communities to come back home, saying that, “Government has brought
    the situation under control. A combined security team has
    been deployed to take absolute security control in both communities.
    “Our people are hereby adviced to remain calm, co-operate with the
    security agents and go about their normal businesses without fear or
    hindrance.”
    .“The Isoko South Local Government in collaboration with the Delta
    State Government is resolute and determined in implementing the
    painstaking recommendations of the all embracing Adhoc Peace Committee
    in ensuring the permanent settlement of the protracted land dispute
    between both communities.”
    It would be recalled that many people were killed and injured with
    several properties destroyed in the conflict between the communities
    May 2016 despite the intervention of the Delta State government and the chairman of Isoko South Local Government Area.
    The Delta State Government in a peaceful agreement had warned both
    communities to stay off the disputed area pending when it will come
    out with its finding and a lasting solution.

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