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Updated:Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja Boil Again, 4 Injured, 4 Houses Burnt 24Hours After Okowa’s Intervention

Updated:Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja Boil Again, 4 Injured, 4 Houses Burnt 24Hours After Okowa’s Intervention

COMMUNITY REPORT
An orgy of violence enveloped Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities, Delta State on Thursday morning barely 24 hours after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa met with leaders and stakeholders from the troubled areas. BigPen Online learnt that by the time the dust which the crisis raised settled, four persons were reportedly injured and four houses torched. The intermittent crisis had lingered at the backdrop of the failure of the state government to release the white paper on the recommendation of the peace committee set up by the governor. BigPen Online recalls that Governor Okowa had on Wednesday met with security chiefs and community leaders from Gbaramatu and Ogbe-Ijoh Kingdoms, both in Warri South-West council area as well as those of Aladja community in Udu council area. The purpose o...
Boundary Dispute: Okowa Meets Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja Indigenes, Says Process To Release White Paper Still On

Boundary Dispute: Okowa Meets Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Aladja Indigenes, Says Process To Release White Paper Still On

COMMUNITY REPORT
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has sued for dialogue between the people of Aladja, and Ogbe-Ijoh over the intermittent crisis bedeviling the communities, saying that the process to release the white paper on the recommendation of the peace committee is still on. Addressing the press after a closed door meeting with security operatives, traditional rulers, members of the peace-building council and some stakeholders from Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja Communities, Governor Okowa urged communities to always apply dialogue as the best way of settling dispute. Arising from the meeting which lasted for more than two hours at the Government House annex, Warri, Governor Okowa disclosed that the meeting was necessary to avoid escalation of hostilities between the communities. According to him...
2 Dead, 15 Held Hostage In Delta Communal Clash

2 Dead, 15 Held Hostage In Delta Communal Clash

COMMUNITY REPORT
Two persons have been reported dead in the communal clash between Uwheru and Unenurhe communities of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. The crisis broke out weekend over the alleged murder of a youth from Uwheru. Sources said that several persons also sustained various degrees of gunshot and machete wounds. It took the intervention of policemen from the Ughelli Area Command and soldiers drafted from the 222 Battalion of Operation Delta Safe, to stop the situation from snowballing into a full scale war as armed youths from both communities were set for total showdown. Sources at the community told Vanguard that, at least, two persons from both sides were said to have lost their lives, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries while the melee...
Suspected Ritualists Beheads 25 Years Old Girl In Delta Contrary To Police Claims

Suspected Ritualists Beheads 25 Years Old Girl In Delta Contrary To Police Claims

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Image seen by BigPen Online shows that the unidentified twenty-five years old girl reportedly found dead at a bush path along the Sedco Community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State was actually beheaded contrary to claims by the police that there was no violent injury on her body. Reports says suspected ritualists had allegedly killed her and dumped her body in a bush path in the community. The decomposing corpse was discovered on Monday this week, a source said adding that after the discovery the police were called to remove the remains which has been deposited in the mortuary by the Police in Enerhen. Local police had told DAILY Post that there was no sign of violent attack on the body of the girl as all body parts were in tact but pictures of her seen by BigPen O...
Military Invasion: We Don’t Harbour Militants, Delta, Bayelsa Communities Cry Out

Military Invasion: We Don’t Harbour Militants, Delta, Bayelsa Communities Cry Out

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Communities in the waterways of Letugbene, Bilibiri, Amatu and others in the coastal areas of Bayelsa and Delta states have cried out to military authorities over continued siege on their homeland by soldiers reportedly hunting for militants. The communities said that following the siege to Ijaw communities, many women and children were trapped in the forest and denied access to food, five days after soldiers barricaded the waterways in search of suspected militants that killed a soldier, last Thursday. However, the leadership of Bilabiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Tuesday told journalists that the suspected militants were not from the community. Chairman of Bilabiri Community Development Committee, CDC, Mr Ebimobowei Deboh, in a statement ...
Tension Brews In Warri Over Whereabouts Of Two Abducted Ijaw Youths

Tension Brews In Warri Over Whereabouts Of Two Abducted Ijaw Youths

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Release our boys dead or alive - Opuede community chairman   Palpable tension is brewing in oil rich Warri, Delta State over the alleged abduction of two Ijaw youths from Opuede community, Gbaramatu Kingdom by armed men suspected to be youths from Aladja community. The victims simply identified as Solomon Ikoto, and Samuel Ebimajor  were reportedly seized along Ovwain River on their way back from Ovwain-Aladja to Ogbe-Ijoh market where they ply their trade as boat riders. Ovwain-Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh people are currently at dagger drawn over protracted boundary dispute. However, following the development, fear heightened on Saturday in the area as local sources confirmed that the middle-aged aged youths, who hail from Opuede in Gbaramatu Kingdom and Egbema communities in Warri N...
Fresh Toxic Waste Allegedly Dumb In Delta, As Community Claims Compromise

Fresh Toxic Waste Allegedly Dumb In Delta, As Community Claims Compromise

COMMUNITY REPORT
One of Dump sites Substances suspected to be toxic waste has been allegedly dumped by an unidentified company into swampy pits in Egbeleku community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, BigPen Online has learnt. Local sources alleged that the community leadership had compromised and took a bribe of N5.5 million to allow the company dumped the waste freely in the community. The development which is currently causing controversy in the area was reportedly kept secret from the public as the locals claim they are under threats not to disclose the dump site to the media. Sources however revealed that the company dumping the waste has several sites around the area where they dump the waste unhindered. The dumping of the waste substances on the sites started about a ...
Fear Of Ritual Killings Grip Residents Of Warri As Mother Of Two Found Dead In A Bridge

Fear Of Ritual Killings Grip Residents Of Warri As Mother Of Two Found Dead In A Bridge

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Fear of possible ritual killing has gripped residents of Otokutu and its neighbouring communities of Ugbromo and Ugbolokposo both in Ughelli South and Uvwie Council Areas of Delta State following the discovery of a lifeless body of a middle-aged woman at the popular Otokutu bridge along the DSC Expressway on Monday morning. The development which is already causing uncertainty in the area was said to have occurred Sunday night but residents discovered the lifeless body of the victim Monday morning. The woman which some eyewitnesses simply identified as Amanda was a mother of two and was alleged to have been murdered by unknown assassins on Sunday night before being dumped along the bridge. A source told newsmen at the scene of the incident that the deceased must have been murde...
Warri Prison In Oil Rich Delta An Eyesore!

Warri Prison In Oil Rich Delta An Eyesore!

COMMUNITY REPORT
Images showing Warri prison in oil rich Delta state as an eyesore has surface. The Nigerian Prison Service, located in Okere in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State is seriously congested and in a deplorable state. The Prison which currently houses more than a thousand five hundred inmates usually suffers lack of water supply as a result of poor electricity. Consequently, the entire prison is often in darkness even as there is no generating set to power or pump water. The toilet facilities are in a bad shape in addition to poor sanitary condition of the prisons. Inadequate accommodation for the inmates is another source of worry as there are no enough office spaces for prison officials. Prison officials cannot even attend to visitors while more than forty ...
Tension As Suspected Sea Pirates Kill Boy, 20, Mother In Delta

Tension As Suspected Sea Pirates Kill Boy, 20, Mother In Delta

COMMUNITY REPORT
Palpable tension has gripped residents of Ayakoromo community in Burutu Council Area of Delta State following the reported killing of a 48 year-old woman identified as Anetorufa Mokor and her son, Timi Enai, by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates. Punch newspaper reports that the incident occurred on Monday night at a fishing camp located in Ayakoromo creek, where the two victims had gone for fishing that evening. Sources told our correspondent the bandits, who came in 200-horsepower speedboat, repeatedly shot the deceased, who were preparing to embark on an evening fishing and ensured they died before leaving the scene. The sources added that the woman’s son (Timi) was in his late 20s and had been fishing at the camp with his mother for years. Giving details of the attack...