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Six feared dead in Obiaruku communal clash in Delta

Six feared dead in Obiaruku communal clash in Delta - Obiaruku, Delta State

By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

About six persons were feared killed in communal clash in Community, Ukwani local government area of over the weekend.

Though the police in the area said nobody was killed, sources said the clash was a serious blood bath as aggrieved youths allegedly attacked some of the elders over ownership of certain parcels of land in the community.

It was gathered that trou­ble had been brewing over the disputed lands alleged­ly converted into personal use by some of the elders, a situation that forced the angry youths to vent their anger on the elders, us­ing dangerous weapons. Speaking to our reporter, one of the elders, Chief Ed­ward Okolise confirmed the fact that the fight resulted from parcels of land. Ac­cording to Okoise, “it is our right but youths were say­ing it can’t be; they broke some people’s heads and the victims are in critical conditions. I doubt how they will survive because the six victims were rushed to the hospital by the police.”

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But the state police com­missioner, Mr. Mustafa Muhammed in a swift re­action, said the police were investigating the incident and disclosed that two sus­pects were currently in the police custody for further investigation.

The special adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on conflict resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, however, dis­closed that “the state gov­ernment has resolved 150 cases in three years and re­ceived 250 petitions. This result underscores govern­ment position on peaceful co-existence”.

Uzor frowned at acts that heat up the commu­nity, stressing that con­flict and crisis can occur but the people must em­brace solution to get peace and development.

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