JUST IN; Several properties perish as angry indigenes set 27 houses on fire

Two communities identified as Obubu and Oleri in Udu Local Government Area of Delta state, are currently fighting over an encroachment of land, CRIMECHANNELS reports that the incident has led to the setting ablaze of no fewer than 27 houses in Obudu.

According to sources, the conflict began last week Tuesday, when a real estate developer from Obubu community allegedly trespassed a land belonging to neighbouring Oleri. Youths of Oleri on hearing the details, ran to the area that was about to be developed and drove the workers away, telling them never to come back. It was learnt that they went further by invading Obudu, and set 27 some houses on fire.

While no lives where lost in the mayhem, a source said that some persons from the 2 communities sustained various degrees of injury due to the clash.

Meanwhile, some warriors from Obudu grouped themselves and attempted to attack Oleri, however, they were repealed by the youths in the community.

Confirming the fire incident, Councillor of Obubu ward, Hon. Oputu Awhotu, said that the youths in Oleri came to their community and burnt 27 houses, adding that the community is still under threat as their attackers promised to come back again.

He further said, “The place they took the bulldozer to has never been in dispute between Obubu and Oleri communities. So these guys attacked Obubu and said the machine must not work.”

“Nobody in Obubu had dispute with Oleri community, so they just attacked, shooting anyhow and burning houses. Either 27 or 28 houses were burnt.”

“The current situation is we are still facing threats of their attack. The council called both communities over the matter, they came for inspection too. But there is still threat on the community. Almost members fled from the community.”

“Yesterday, Obubu community went to the king but we did not meet him. We will go again. But I know he is aware of what is happening, “Ahwotu stated.

It was gathered that the Delta State Police Command have mobilized some of its operatives to the area to for stall further attacks. Also, some Soldiers have been deployed to the area, all in an attempt to secure the lives and properties of the people living in the 2 communities.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, reacting to the development, said that only 17 houses were burnt.

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