Many have died, homes burned down, and two communities in the delta are fighting over land borders
Five people were killed in the Emede community, the South Isoko local government area in Delta State.
The five people were killed and over ten houses were set on fire by armed youths from the Igbide community in a land dispute between the two communities.
SaharaReporters reported that the crisis that began on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday resulted in five casualties in the Emede community, and millions of naira homes and properties were demolished by armed Igbide youth.
A multi-year border dispute between the two communities resulted in over 100 deaths from 1986 to 1987, including destroyed homes.
Speaking to SaharaReporters, a native of the Emede community who identified himself as Kome and witnessed the bloody crisis on Tuesday and Wednesday, he said the fighting began in the thicket where farmers were attacked by gunmen from the nearby Igbide community. …
“In the thickets, young men armed with Igbide killed one of ours. They also invaded our community on Tuesday night, where they opened fire from time to time with modern weapons, “ He said.
“On Wednesday, armed youths from Igbide also invaded our community with sophisticated weapons, from time to time opening fire and leaving four of our own dead, and more than ten houses were set on fire before leaving the community.
“On Wednesday morning we were unexpectedly attacked by armed youths from Igbide. Their weapons are too sophisticated and we have no weapons that could match them, so they spent the whole day killing our people, burning our homes and other property, and they were not challenged, ”the source said.
Our reporter found out that at the time of this report’s presentation, both communities were in a state of panic as residents are said to be moving to other nearby communities for safety.
In response to this development of events, Constantin Ikpokpo, President of the Southern District Isoko Ichiako, described the situation as very awkward, although he attributed the crisis to a failure of leadership in both communities.
“This is an unpleasant and awkward situation that we have. Just yesterday, on Tuesday, we met with representatives of both communities, and literally today, on Wednesday, they are raising arms against themselves. This shows that they have dangerous weapons. While others use their weapons to drive out the shepherds, they use theirs to kill themselves. “ He said.
“I contacted the Governor, who in turn contacted the State Police Commissioner, Brigade Commander and DSS, and I can tell you that they are all in place to curb the situation. I call on both warring communities to sheathe their swords and embrace peace, ”he added.
When contacted about this, Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoya, requested a message to be sent to her mobile phone, which was unanswered at the time of this writing.