50 Houses Burnt Down In Intra-Community Dispute In Delta

50 Houses Burnt Down In Intra-Community Dispute In Delta

By Vanguard on May 4, 2014
A angry youth protests in front
FILE: A angry youth protests in front of a burning barrier following the removal of a fuel subsidy by the government in Lagos, Nigeria in January 2012. | Sunday Alamba/AP

Over 50 houses have been razed at Ibrede  in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, following an intra-community squabble over ownership of fish ponds.

Sunday Vanguard learnt that soldiers and policemen were deployed in the community, at the weekend, to quell the uprising between the Ugbo family and other members of the community.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, told Sunday Vanguard, when contacted, yesterday, that she heard there was fighting, but had not been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in the area.

It was gathered that the Ugbo family, which claimed to be the rightful owner of the fish ponds, refused the plan of the other sections of Ibrede to appropriate the ponds as a communal property.

The Ugbo family was  disowned by  a  rival group, but troubled reared up when some members of the family attended a burial ceremony in another part of the town.

They were attacked by the other  faction, which questioned their presence at the ceremony. The attack led to counter-attack and breakdown of law and order, forcing the deployment of security agents in the town.

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