Three killed, several injured, community set ablaze in Delta

BY MATTHIAS OGBAGAH, WARRI

No fewer than three were killed, many injured and severe houses razed in Delta State as crisis between the two warring communities of the Okuama in Ughelli South local government area and the Okoloba community in the Bomadi local government area entered the second day.

Speaking to journalists from his hideout, the vice present general of the Okuama community, Mr. David Akata disclosed how some men in military uniform, well-armed invaded his community in the early hours of Thursday, with a gunboat.

According to him, the unknown gunmen arrived in the community at about 8.00am and started shooting sporadically at anyone in sight leaving three killed and several injured who were receiving medication in an undisclosed hospital in the state.

Speaking further, Akata hinted that the troop suspected to be the Nigeria Army on Friday carried what he termed a genocide on innocent citizen of the community by setting their buildings and properties ablaze while chanting of war songs.

His words, “We woke up to see our community surrounded by men in military in their tens, and without any reason, they started shooting at sight, leading to the death of three promising youths of the community and several others injured from gun bullets.”

It would be recalled that the two communities of Okuama and Okoloba on January 27, 2024, nodded horns at each other, leading to the death of Masers Igho Meshack, Godspower Awusa, and Okiemute Agbabuleke in cold blood and many dismembered.

As of the time of filing this report, all efforts to reach the commanding officer of 3 Battalion Effurun and Commanding Officer of 181 Amphibious Battalion Agbor, Delta State for a comment proved abortive.

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