Communal clash over a parcel of land leaves six feared dead in Delta
A communal clash in Obiaruku community, Ukwani Local Government area of Delta State on Friday evening has left no fewer than six persons dead.
Sources in the area noted that the clash was a serious blood bath as aggrieved youths allegedly attacked some of the elders over the ownership of parcels of land in the community, even though the police in the area claimed nobody was killed in the incident.
According to reports, it was said that trouble had been brewing over the disputed lands allegedly cornered by some of the elders, a situation which made the angry youth vent their anger on them with dangerous weapons.
One of the elders, Chief Edward Okolise said the fight was as a result of the parcels of land, he noted that, “it is our right but youths were saying it can’t be. They broke some people’s heads, and it is critical, so I doubt how they will survive. Six victims were rushed to the hospital by the police.”
On the state of event in the community, however, the Commissioner of Police of the state, Mr. Mustafa Muhammed, in a swift reaction, said the police were investigating the incident, disclosing that two suspects were currently in police custody for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, says “the State Government has resolved 150 cases in three years, and received 250 petitions.”
Uzor frowned at acts that cause violence in Delta communities, stressing that conflict and crisis can occur but the people must embrace solution to attain peace and development.