The lingering communal clashes between the Aladja community in Udu Local Government Area and Ogbe-Ijoh community, in Warri South West Local Government Area, escalated, on Monday, into another round of crisis, when some suspected Ogbe-Ijoh youths allegedly attacked and injured an Aladja indigene and commercial motorcycle operator, Sunday Damijo, after destroying an uncompleted building belonging to another Aladja indigene.
The Police Command’s image maker, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, said that security agents had intensified efforts to arrest the perpetrators of the evil activities in both communities, adding that 24 hours’ surveillance was ongoing in the areas, with a view to ensuring peace reigned there.
It was reliably gathered that Sunday Damijo was allegedly attacked and injured by suspected hoodlums, while he was waiting for a passenger – one Blessing Doghor, who was later held hostage by the rampaging youths and released after several hours.
The hoodlums were said to have resumed shootings sporadically but were replied by Aladja youths before men of the Nigeria Police and Army arrived to the scene to calm the situation.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ovie Festus Agas, insisted that peace must reign in the area, disclosing that security agents had been ordered by Governor Patrick Okowa to bring to book those who caused the crisis.