Delta communities at war, 10 killed, injured over land dispute

No fewer than 10 persons were killed while several others sustained various degrees of injury in a renewed attack between Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe communities in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state are at war over protracted land dispute.

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The spate of violence, killings and wanton destruction of properties worth millions of Naira has called for concern as the perpetrators were armed with confiscated weapons.

The residents of both communities have deserted the area for safety as Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa‘s led government and security agencies are yet to come to their rescue.

Deltans are seriously worried by the intensity of the renewed attacks on both communities which have culminated in wanton loss of life and properties.

Mr. Efe Ogaga who hails from the area said that “We have drawn the attention of the Delta State Government led by Okowa over the renewed hostilities between Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe communities in Isoko South”,

He condemned in totality the renewed violence despite effort made in resolving the protracted land dispute.

Mr. Efe urged the state Commissioner of Police to prosecute the culprits in the renewed communal clashes where several lives were reportedly lost.

Meanwhile, Governor Okowa regrets the displacement of families, businesses and directed security agencies to promptly investigate and ensure that perpetrators of the acts of violence be identified and brought to book according to law.

He warned that Government will deal decisively with perpetrators of the renewed violence.

Governor Okowa condoles with those who lost their loved ones in the violence and commiserates with the government and people of Isoko South Local Government Area over the unfortunate incident.

He said that such unlawful pursuit of redress and despicable expression of grievances shall be firmly punished in line with extant laws.

Dr. Okowa further called on the two communities to live in harmony, remain calm and keep the peace while investigation is in progress.

While strongly condemning the killings and other acts of violence that have been perpetuated in the communities.

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