Rita Enemuru, Reporting
The identity of the deceased caught in the crossfire that heralded Friday morning between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh in Udu and Warri South-West local government areas of Delta State has been disclosed.
The deceased is a middle-aged man identified as Frank Amakiri.
Stonix News had reported on Friday morning that there was a renewed sporadic shootings of Friday morning as early as 5:00a.m which reportedly claimed two lives.
A scoop obtained from a security officer Friday evening by Stonix News revealed that a suspect Mr. Michael Amakiri, who was identified as the brother of the deceased, was arrested within the vicinity of the crime.
The arrest was effected by men of the 3 Battalion, (rear) on Operation Delta Hawk Patrol who were drafted to the area to halt the shootings at the boundary.
“The deceased was found dead by troops of the 3 Battalion, (rear) on Operation Delta Hawk Patrol who moved to the area following a sporadic shooting around the boundary area between the two communities.
“The troops together with 63 Brigade Operation Delta Hawk Patrol in Warri were on Friday, September 16, 2022, deployed as a result of some sporadic shootings that were heard in the boundary area between both communities in Udu and Warri South West LGAs in Delta State.
“Following the death of Frank Amakiri, a Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle mounted with a magazine, loaded with quantity nine rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition were found on him.
“Additionally, a suspect Mr. Michael Amakiri who was identified as the brother of the deceased by some community members was arrested within the vicinity of the crime scene for further investigation in connection with the incident.
“While the remains of the deceased were handed over to the Warri South West LGA chairman, the chairmen of both local governments were contacted by the troops for consultation to douse the situation,” the officer further noted.