Seven people feared dead, others injured as communal clash escalates

No fewer than seven persons died on Thursday during a renewed clash between youths from Oleh and Ozoro communities in Isoko South and North council areas of Delta state.

It was also gathered that several people reportedly sustained bodily injuries during the melee that ensued.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta Police Command, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the clash to newsmen.

However, Onovwakpoyeya, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), could not confirm the number of casualties as of Friday afternoon.

Oleh and Ozoro communities are of Isoko stock from Isoko South and North local government areas of the state but are said to be at each other’s throat over a piece of boundary land.

As of the time of filing the report, frantic efforts were being made by operatives of the Delta Police Command to quell the clash.

Oleh is host to the Law Campus of the Delta State University (DELSU) as well as the administrative headquarters of Isoko South, while Ozoro is host to the Delta State Polytechnic as well as the headquarters of Isoko North.

Youths armed with weapons from one of the two communities were said to have started the fight at the piece of land said to be the source of dispute.

The disputed piece of land is said to be near the market at Ozoro where youths from the two communities squared it up.

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