At least seven persons were feared killed in a suspected communal clash between Oleh and Ozoro communities in Isoko South and North council areas of Delta state.
The incident which occured between Thursday and early hours of Friday, it was learnt left several persons injured.
The casualties and other victims were reported to be from both communities.
Sources claimed the communal crisis was as a result of the lingering boundary dispute between both communities.
Oleh and Ozoro communities are power seats of the respective Local Governments of Isokoland.
While Oleh is host to the Faculty of Law and Engineering campuses of the Delta State University (DELSU), one of the Delta State Polytechnics seats in Ozoro.
President General of Isoko Development Union, apex socio-cultural body of the Isoko people, Chief Iduh Amadhe, told newsmen that it remained unclear if it was a communal clash, urging for calm in the areas.
“I cannot confirm exactly what has happened but the police and security agencies have been asked to visit the bush and come out with the current situation. That is what we have decided to do.
“But there was no issue of clash that Oleh and Ozoro people are fighting. The information just came that some people were killed in the bush and all that.
“So we cannot disseminate such information when we have not gotten the true report. That is the situation,” he said.
When contacted, Delta Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed a conflict between both communities had left an uncertain number of persons dead.
She said security operatives were being deployed to “check what actually happened”.
“Yes, a communal crisis. So we heard (that seven persons were killed) but we have not been able to ascertain”.
Photos: See How Security Personnel Molest, Arrest Peaceful Protesters
Nigerians particularly youths across the country today, June 12, came out to protest peacefully against bad governance, hardship and oppression in the nation but there have been series of reports of arrest of these peaceful protesters across the country.
Below are some pictures of the molestation and arrest of protesters by security personnel particularly in Lagos and Abuja as captured by BBC.
Photo credit: BBC News
Birthday: Hon Imhandegbelo Congratulates Imansuagbon, Describes Him As Philanthropist
Hon. Louis Imhandegbelo, a leading chairmanship aspirant in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State has congratulated a politician per excellence and governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Demoratic Party, PDP, in the 2020 governorship election in the state, Barrister Kenneth Imansuangbon a.k.a rice man on the occasion of his birthday.
Hon. Imhandegbelo, in a congratulary message he signed and made available to Info Daily said Barrister Imansuagbon, being dynamic politician has been a source of inspiration to young politicians like him in the state particularly in Esan land.
He said being a seasoned philanthropist, Riseman has touched the lives of many persons in the state particularly the less privileged, pleading to him to touch more lives even as he celebrates his birthday.
Hon. Imhandegbelo who described the celebrant as a foremost educationist said Barrister Imansuagbon has track records in many facets of life that cannot be put aside but are in public domain for anyone who wishes cross check.
“His Excellency, Barr Kenneth imansuangbon is my leader in politics. He is a dynamic politician per excellence that has followers across the state. Reason for having many followers across the state is not far-fetched. Rice man is not just a politician but a seasoned philanthropist that has touched lives of thousands if not millions in the state.
“The celebrant, Barrister Imansuagbon is a source of inspiration to many of we younger ones in many ways. He is a man we look up to and want to emulate also,” he said.
Hon. Imhandegbelo, also known as young leader, prayed God to grant Barrister Imansuagbon long life in sound health and more win.
He urged the celebrant not to relent in his good deeds in the state, noting that God is taking records of all his good deeds and will no distance time recompense him even in his political aspiration.
Police, Vigilantes Rescue 26 Victims Of Human Trafficking
Twenty six women and children believed to be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by operatives of the Edo State Police Command and members of the state vigilante group in Benin.
A statement by the command’s PRO, Kontongs Bello, disclosed that the victims were rescued at the Evbuotubu, in Ekenwan Road axis of Benin.
The victims were believed to be from Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Anambra and Akwa Ibom states.
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The women, according to the statement, were said to have been lured from their various home states by a woman known as Jennifer and also called Ezine, who is now on the run.
The statement read in part, “They were lured in a guise that Edo State government is giving financial support to single mothers with new born babies, especially twins.
“But on arrival in Benin City, they discovered different things entirely and met no support, but were rather engaged in illicit business.
“The women said they were forced to go for street begging for their mistress Jennifer. They further stated that only peanut is given to them to take care of their children and feeding from proceed of the begging.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Phillip Aliyu Ogbadu, advised parents to be wary of unknown persons who come promising heaven on earth to their children as the result is always catastrophic.