Ogbe-Ijoh/Aladja Crisis: Delta State Govt. Broker Peace Between Warring Communities
…As Youth Agree To Seize Further Hostilities
By Francis Sadhere
Following the clash between the people of Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area and the people of Aladja in Udu Local Government Area, both of Delta state, youth representatives from both communities, have resolved to seized further hostilities pending the implementation of the resolution by the boundary committee set up by the state government.
Both communities have been involved in an age long land dispute, which has always resulted in clashes between them, leading to lose of lives and property.
The youth leaders from both communities where led by Ekere Christmas for Ogbe-Ijoh, while Wisdom Onotomre led those from Aladja community.
The peace pack which was brokered by the Special Assistant to the governor on Youth and Community Development, Eric Omare, was held at Warri, and had in attendance, President, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Udengs Eradiri, President, Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, youth wing, Ovie Igho, Special Assistants to the governor on Conflict Resolution, Youth Affairs, Youth and Community Development.
Promising to maintain peace and forestall a likely breakdown of law and order in their respective areas, the youths resolved and agreed to go back home as forbearers of their communities and discuss with their leaders on the peace building processes that would be put in place by the state government.
Appealing to the government to as a matter of urgency hasten the implementation of the white paper in respect to the demarcation of the buffer zone, the youths pledged their commitment to the peace process and commended the government for the moves.
On their parts, the IYC president and his UPU, youth wing counterpart described the crisis between both communities as a thorny issue on the flesh of the Delta State government adding that the meeting was geared at nipping the crisis in the bud before it escalates into a full scale crisis between both tribes.