Metro Ijaw vs Urhobo: Scores Dead as Rival Tribes Clash in Delta State


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A renewed age-long communal rivalry between two communities in Delta state has led to the death of many, with sevearal others injured and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

According to The Nation, the clash was between Aladja in Udu Local Government Area and their Ogbe-Ijoh counterparts in Warri Southwest Local Government Area.

Reports say youths from Ogbe-Ijoh invaded the community’s Divisional Police Station yesterday, carting away arms and ammunition during the clash which ensued in the morning when some Aladja youths
blocked the only access road from their town to Ogbe-Ijoh.

Aladja, an Urhobo community, and Ogbe-Ijoh, an Ijaw community, have reportedly been engaged in protracted civil strife over land ownership and access to road for a long time.

A community leader in Aladja, also giving an account of the incident, said: “Ogbe-Ijoh drew first blood. Their youths held and molested Ajadja women who went farming in the bush.

“In reprisal, our youths restricted their passage through Aladja to their community.

“There has been confusion since then. We can’t give a clear report of casualties now,” the unnamed leader stated.

According to reports, residents of both communities abandoned their homes because of the fear that the confrontation might worsen.

However security authorities have taken over and the area is now calm.
 

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