One person has been reported dead with several others seriously injured in a renewed war between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh Communities in Udu and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State.
It was gathered that the injured persons are currently receiving treatment at undisclosed hospital.
The casualties were on the side of the Aladja people.
A plank house was also raised down in Ogbe-Ijoh Community.
The Chairman of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC in Ogbe-Ijoh, Engr. Smart Okosun in a chat with our reporter, confirmed the renewed war with Aladja people.
Okosun claimed it was the Aladja people who came to launch attack on their community.
According to Okosun, “You can hear the gun shots as I talk to you now. There are serious shootings here. One house was burnt down here by Aladja people.”
In a swift reaction, the Assistant Secretary of Aladja Community Council, Comrade Ighotegwolor Bezi, denied the allegations that Aladja people attacked their Ogbe-Ijoh brothers.
Bezi accused the Chairman of the Delta Waterways and Inland Security, Mr. Boro Opudu of allegedly masterminding the renewed war between the two communities.
Bezi said, “He mobilized Ijaw youths from all over the state and beyond on the excuse that some persons from Aladja went to burn a plank house in Ogbe-Ijoh”.
“It is not true that the building was set on fire by youths from Aladja because if you enter Ogbe-Ijoh through that angle, you would pass through choice buildings before getting to the plank house. None of these were set on fire but the plank house.”
Contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Mustafa confirmed the report.
“It is confirmed but the Area Commander will be there to hold a reconciliatory meeting with them tomorrow.”