ONE person was feared dead, while two others, including a mobile policeman and pastor were injured, as hostilities erupted again between Ogbe-Ijoh and Agbassa communities in Warri South-West and Warri South Local Government Areas on one flank and Ogbe-Ijoh versus Aladja in Udu Local Government Area, all in Delta State, weekend.
Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, temporarily relocated from Asaba, the state capital, to Warri, yesterday, to quell the uprising. He told newsmen at about 2. 43 pm when contacted that he was still carrying out inspection, promising to call back after 30 minutes.
Whereas Aladja leaders claimed that Ogbe-Ijoh launched attack on the community at about 4.30 am, Ogbe-Ijoh said it was Aladja that initiated attack on the town, barely 24 hours after youths of Agbassa, an Urhobo community in Warri, invaded Ijaw residents at Ogbe-Ijoh market, Ginuwa, Okpokiti, Warri Main garage, Stadium Road, Odion Road, Egbudu and other parts of Warri on Thursday. Reports from the area, however, indicated that there were gunshots at Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja in the early hours of Friday, forcing residents to scamper for safety.
President and youth leader, Aladja community, Elias Dogene and Wisdom Onatomre , who spoke to Saturday newsmen, said the people were woken up by roaring guns from Ogbe-Ijoh as early 4.30 am.
Onatomre said: “Ogbe-Ijoh is at it again, both sides have maintained and enjoyed relative peace for some time, but Aladja people were woken up by roaring guns by invading Ogbe-Ijoh people at about 4.30am. “We have a police barricade at Iwhre, the main boundary post, but they attempted shooting their way in through the Grammar School route, and we had only self-help to repel them. We know they had trouble with Agbassa people in Warri, yesterday (Thursday), but we do not understand why they decided to compromise the prevailing peace between us to attempt invading Aladja today (yesterday),” he asserted.
Dogene added: “The guns have not stopped roaring; we do not know what their next move would be. We have to remain on guard, but this is a very disturbing experience again as usual. We are not aware of any wounded policeman. Each side has police guards at the boundary outskirts. If a policeman is wounded, the police would ascertain who to hold responsible.”