Two killed in Delta communal clash

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Two people have been reportedly killed in renewed communal crisis between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh Communities of Udu and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State.

It was gathered that hoodlums from both communities were engaged in a gun battle on Friday morning following disagreement over boundary demarcation by the State Government.

The State Government was said to had waded into the matter and a Committee was set up to demarcate the boundary in a bid to end boundary war that has lasted for decades.

There have been voiced threats of war for days by both Communities over new disagreement about the Committee’s demarcation.

According to Vanguard, Ogbe-Ijoh Community had given a 7-day ultimatum to Aladja Community over a demolished building in the course of demarcation.

The paper reported that the renewed shooting commenced in the wee hours of Friday following the expiration of the ultimatum on Thursday.

A source in the warring Communities said two people were killed, but confirmed that military personnel have taken over the disputed area.

“Because of the ultimatum, Aladja was expecting an attack and has to keep watch. At about 5 am Ogbe-Ijoh fighters came shooting, they met heavy resistance,” Vanguard quoted the source as saying.

“Two of the fighters were gunned down in the process before Army came, but no house was destroyed as they couldn’t enter despite the heavy shootings. We are in the bush now.”

Effort to get the Delta State Police command for confirmation is still on as at the time of filing this report.

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