DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba met behind closed doors in Warri, yesterday, with ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and former chairman of the Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC, Warri, Chief Ayiri Emami, to nip in the bud, a fresh crisis between Iteskiri and Ijaw ethnic groups over the planned boat regatta today (Saturday) by the Iteskiri people to celebrate the silver jubilee coronation anniversary of the Olu of Warri.
There was, however, tension in Warri, as some residents were seen fleeing the oil city with their bags and baggage for fear of being caught in a shooting binge between both ethnic groups.
Tompolo, the assumed founder of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, is an influential Ijaw youth leader, while Chief Emami, who is the Chairman of Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing/Impacted Communities Development Committee, IRDC, is , undoubtedly a high-ranking Itsekiri youth leader.
Delta state police spokesman, Superintendent Charles Muka confirmed to Saturday Vanguard that more policemen have been deployed to Warri to ward off crisis in the oil city.
It was also gathered that men of the Joint Task Force, codenamed, Operation Pulo Shield and the Nigerian Navy have also been put on alert on the waterways of the state. Details of the discussions between the trouble-shooting Commissioner and the two powerful youth leaders were not disclosed to Saturday Vanguard, but a reliable source said, “It centered on how to maintain peace during today’s (Saturday) boat regatta by the Itsekiri people in honour of their monarch.