Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
GOVERNOR Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State has called on the warring Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities in Udu and Warri South-West local government areas to stop fighting and killing themselves over a piece of land that will outlive them.
He, therefore, admonished the Urhobo and Ijaw stocks to cease fire and eschew all forms of acrimony over the boundary land dispute.
Governor Oborevwori in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon in Asaba on Friday, said that security agencies had been deployed to the area to restore normalcy in the communities.
The governor warned that the government would no longer tolerate further breach of the peace in the two communities.
He urged leaders and youths of the two communities to preach peaceful co-existence rather than taking up arms against themselves over land dispute.
The governor from Delta Central Senatorial district promised to revisit the White Paper on the crisis with a view to taking necessary measures to bring a lasting solution to the crisis.
“Let me appeal to the youths and leaders of both Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities to cease fire and stop further hostilities on the disputed land.
“No amount of land is worth dying for because when you fight and kill yourselves, the land will still remain.
“I have directed security agencies to move to the disputed area to forestall further breakdown of law and order while we revisit the White Paper on the crisis.
“The government will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone found to be instigating crises between both communities,” the statement added.
Recall that several cars and tricycles were reportedly torched as Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities resumed hostilities as some gunmen allegedly rented the air with sporadic shots in Aladja community on Wednesday.
Feelers also had it that a northerner, who’s a commercial motorcycle operator, was beheaded by the rampaging hoodlums
He was reportedly stabbed, shot and decapitated along College road in Aladja community, an incident that attracted the sympathy of his kinsmen who were spoiling for a revenge before security operatives intervened.