Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:15 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The peace move initiated by the Delta state government between the Aladja community in Udu Local Government Area and their Ogbe-Ijoh neighbours in Warri South West local government through a meeting at Government House annex, Warri on Wednsday seemed to have failed as some youths from the two communities engaged in a fierce gun battle in early hours of Thursday, July 27.
A competent source in Warri,Delta state state indicated that people of the two communities are attacking each other with guns and other dangerous weapons they have in their arsenals.
Women and Children are fleeing both communities as fierce fighting continued at the time of this report at about 11:00 am today Thursday July 27. It was not clear which of the communities involved in crisis drew the first blood. But it must be noted that Aladja is an Urhobo community, while Ogbe-Ijoh is Ijaw community.
Both have been at each other’s throat over communal land that straddles the boundary of their communities. Successive governments have set panels of inquiry to proffer solution to the intractable land squabble to no avail.
The cause of this morning attack by both communities remained sketchy at press time. And there were immediate inductions that the Police and other security agencies have moved more men to the warring communities.