By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State government has been called upon to quickly wade into the land dispute between Uro Community and Irri Ada Clan in Isoko South local government area of the state in order to avert communal crisis.
Uro community, which spoke to reporters yesterday through its chairman, Mr. Dickson Sunshine Oko, said the call has become necessary, following the invasion of their land by some persons from Irri Ada.
Oko held that the dispute over the land in question was settled by former Odio-Ologbo of Irri, Ovie Akportozor, who gave verdict in favour of Uro Community.
According to him, farmers from Irri Ada had after the settlement planted cassava and other crops in the land and expressed surprise at the trespass.
He said both communities have been living peacefully after the monarchâ€™s judgment some years ago.
He stated that the community, not wanting to take laws into its hands, reported the matter to Irri monarch who summoned both communities to resolve the crisis and disclosed that the monarch reaffirmed that Uro Community owned the land and ordered the people of Irri Ada to remove their cassava.
Apparently not happy with the Ovieâ€™s verdict, the Irri Ada people, according to him, started attacking and destroying property belonging to Uro Community.
Speaking further, Oko said that Irri Ada people, who have allegedly been fomenting trouble, have also destroyed electricity poles, thus throwing the community into darkness.
â€œWe donâ€™t want trouble; we are peace loving peopleâ€, he asserted, and appealed to law enforcement agents to call Irri Ada people to order, following blockade of the road linking their community to the outside world.
He pointed out that there was a god in their community that forbade cassava and stated that planting of cassava on the land was an abomination.