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Police move to resolve crisis among warring Delta communities


Police Commissioner, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim

Six injured in Ukwuani kingship tussle
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, yesterday visited Ogbe-Ijoh Aladja and Isiba communities to assess the security situation and douse tension in the area.

The police embarked on the visit to end the hostilities between Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja and Isaba communities due to land disputes which have resulted in the maiming and destruction of lives and property.

Based on recommendations of the Delta Security Council, the state government had resolved to acquire the disputed property in line with the provisions of the Land use Act 1978.

The Delta State Government also recently had set in motion the clearing of the land where hoodlums lay ambush to commit atrocities.

Ibrahim enjoined the site engineer to ensure that relics such as shrines and graveyards are not tampered with in the course of clearing the bush.

In a related development, six persons were injured in renewed hostilities over the kingship tussle of Amai Kingdom in Ukwuani local government area of the state.

The lingering crisis in the kingdom over the kingship stool had in the past five years created “bad blood” among Amai people and the Umuekum people, who yesterday threatened to declare their autonomy if steps were not taken to restore peace by authorities concerned.

But the state government through its Special Adviser (SA) on Communities Crisis Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, said that it might sanction trouble-makers who refused to give peace a chance in any community.

He added that the Amai kingship stool tussle was being looked into with a view to resolving the crisis.

However, the people of Umuekum who, according to a section of the law, recognised the monarchy system of Amai, had threatened secession due to the alleged interference from four other communities within the kingdom.

A communiqué by representatives of the community, Chief Dom Okpochine, Chief John Ifeakanwa, the Onotu-Uku of Umuekum, and Chief Alfred Onyewonsa, the Edeniosa of Umuekan, they stated that Umuekum had suffered several injustices in handling of its issues by the other communities in Amai Kingdom.

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