Some indigenes of Aladja Community, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, particularly young men reportedly died in the ongoing crisis between them and their Ogbe-Ijoh neighbours because they allegedly killed and ate a dog dedicated to a deity in the community.
This is coming as one Efe Ogheneovo died few days ago, fueling suspicious that he might have been killed by the gods for the alleged offence against the deity.
Local sources told BigPen Online on Saturday that some of those involved in the abominable act against the deity are now stricken with one ailment or the other at the time of this report.
Those not sick or dead are overtaken with fear of the unknown, the source said.
The source who claim an oracle priest consulted revealed the development, said that the Aladja deity had also threatened to kill others involved unless they replace the dog and come to appease it.
According to the source who preferred anonymity, the Aladja deity however assured that it will do justice to Aladja oppressors if it is appeased.
It was gathered that Ogheneovo had prior to his death led members of the Community to consult the deity on the cause of death of persons who died before him when himself also fell sick.
It was learnt that the deity revealed that one Amama Ulo who was felled by Ogbe-ijoh in the ongoing crisis died for alleged conspiracy with those who killed and ate the dog.
Others who had died are Saha who was adopted with Moses Poroko and allegedly killed by the late Ogbe-Ijoh warlord Ebi Ikoro at NUPENG Camp, Berneth Island.
The 2nd Vice President of Aladja Community Council,Mr. Lucky Abeyi confirmed the report saying,”The deity owns the dog.”
As at the time of filing this report, there is total quietness amongst the youths of the community.
Meanwhile, the people of Aladja Community, Udu Local Government Area, Delta State has demanded the relocation of headquarters of the Warri South-West LGA from Ogbe-Ijoh to its original location at Ogidigben in Warri, claiming that since the break out of hostilities between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities, well over 20 souls have been lost on Aladja side.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, last week in reaction to recent publications by the Ogbe-Ijoh people, at the Aladja Community town hall, Chief Christian Whiliki, First Deputy President General of Aladja Community Council recounted the ordeals of Aladja community since the beginning of hostilities.
Chief Whiliki, who was flanked by Chiefs and prominent leaders in the community, described Ogbe-Ijoh people as war-mongers who were out to foment trouble and instigate crisis capable of wiping out Aladja through periodic, but unprovoked attack on the people, which he said have resulted in loss of over 20 persons in Aladja community in recent times.
He disclosed that overtime, Aladja had always acceded to peace overtures from government agencies with the Aladja people, ‘’in the interest of peace accepting 1, 236 hectares of land as the dimension of the land in dispute as identified by the Prof. Ekoko Panel of Inquiries, but the Ogbe-Ijoh have refused to accept the recommendations of the panel’’, declaring that Aladja can only discuss peace after the true ownership of the land is first established.
The community vehemently rejected any attempt to demarcate the disputed land as such will not bring permanent peace to the crisis-torn area, ‘’rather only truth about the original owners of the land could heal wounds and give Aladja the peace of mind to discuss the way forward’’, he added.
The Community warned against indiscriminate and forceful taking over of the disputed land by government without first establishing the true owners, adding that Aladja was willing to accommodate Ogbe-Ijoh but on terms of having been clearly identified as original owners of the land.