By Godwin Oghre, Sapele
It was pandemonium in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, as police in the area led by the Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Kenneth Akubue, battled for over five hours Friday to quell a crisis by over 500 women and youths of Ajekimoni community, led by their Vice Chairman, Mr Francis Ikoyo, in which their community chairman, Mr. Sam Kekakpor, would have been lynched.
The rioting women and youths have accused the chairman of embezzling the community funds to the tune of over N10m, which they alleged was made available to the community by an oil prospecting company in the area, and which they said was meant to be shared among the executives and women of the community.
The Vice chairman who led the rampaging youths and women, said the chairman has refused to carry him along on how the community fund should be shared, adding that he ought to take a bigger chunk of the money since he needed to buy a car with it.
When Saturday Vanguard contacted the embattled chairman, he refuted the allegations saying that he fell out with his vice when he told him that the community fund was meant for developmental projects and not for sharing, adding that his vice rebuffed him and subsequently instigated the youths and women against him with the view of taking his life so that his Vice can become the chairman.