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Uduaghan warns feuding Urhobo/Ijaw communities in Delta

By Emma Arubi

WARRI-GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, read the riot act to feuding Ogbe-Ijoh (Ijaw) and Aladja (Urhobo) communities over a 76 years old boundary dispute settled by the state government in 2009 by the Chief Tunde Smooth-led panel.

The Governor also, yesterday, set up another committee led by Chief Tunde Smooth to wade into the  imminent crisis between both ethnic groups with a view to resolving the differences. The new panel was given a two-week mandate to submit its report. The governor warned that any house built on the agreed buffer zone will be destroyed.

This came as the Aladja community had since last week, commenced stoppage of all trucks conveying materials to Ogbe-Ijoh community through Aladja, the only land route, thus creating tension and setting the stage for another round of crisis.

Vanguard gathered that an Ogbe-Ijoh indigene had erected a building on the buffer zone agreed to by both communities during the boundary settlement while an Aladja indigene had warned against the builder occupying same.

With the actions taken by the Aladja people in preventing goods from passing through their community to Ogbe-Ijoh, tension in now brewing  and is set the plunge the entire area into another round of unwarranted communal crisis.

Governor Uduaghan, had, yesterday, visited both communities after which a closed door meeting was held, where it was decided to set up the Chief  Smooth committee to look into the simmering crisis.
Chief Smooth, who brokered the 76 years old boundary settlement in 2009 at the residential home of a prominent Aladja Chief at Orhuwhworhun, promised the governor that the panel will do its very best to resolve the matter, assuring that as an expert in crisis management, the problem will be amicably resolved to the satisfaction of  the parties.


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