By Emma Amaize
COMMISSIONER of Police, Delta State Command, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, said the police have identified five leaders of the Ugborodo National Youth Movement, UNYM, Ugborodo, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, who ambushed and attacked members of the Ugborodo Community Management Committee, UCMC, penultimate Wednesday, on the Warri waterways.
Ibrahim, who listed the names of the five suspects, said they were all executives of UNYM, adding, “ the Case is under investigation.
He asserted: “On August 23, 2017 at about 1000 hours, the Secretary of Ugborodo Community Management Committee reported that 12 indigenes of the community, who left Warri to participate in a meeting were ambushed by four speed boats on the waterways, which rammed into their boat and it sunk.”
“It resulted to one Omayomi Samuel missing and his corpse was later recovered. 11 others reportedly swam to safety. The Marine Police and Nigeria Navy Service, NNS Delta mobilized for search and rescue,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, a community source, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard, said the attack and killing was sparked by an attempt by some factional leaders to stop the Chief Austin Oborogbeyi-led UCMC recently inaugurated by the state government from gaining access to the town.
“UCMC members and other villagers embarked on the journey to their home community, Ugborodo, to attend a congress, reportedly called by the Eghara-Aja (oldest man), Pa Wellington Ojogor, to address the community on how the committee intended to execute its task.
“There had been a long drawn conflict over who should constitute the local authority over the community with some interests led by the community’s Olaja-Orori (spiritual head) of the community, Benson Omadeli, rejecting what they viewed as an attempt by non-resident elites of the community and the state government to foist the then Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Interface Committee, on them.,” he asserted.
The source stated: “To calm the tension in the oil-rich community, the governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in May inaugurated the new committee, which included the EPZ committee and representatives from the community, but there is still no love lost among the indigenes, which culminated in the violence.”