Police Arrest Three Over Emede/Igbide Communal Clash

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The police have apprehended three persons, including a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ward chairman over illegal possession of arms and ammunition in warring Emede and Igbide kingdoms, Isoko South council area of Delta State.

Newsmen gathered that the PDP chieftain, identified as Christopher Irivi-Ubulubu, is as the chairman of Igbide ward and overall chairman of all the PDP wards in the local government.

He was said to have been under military interrogation until he was handed over to the Delta State Police Command through the Oleh Police Division on Friday.

Police spokesperson, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya who confirmed the arrest of the trio in connection with the crisis, disclosing that arms and ammunition which they were “using to fight” were recovered from them.

The three suspects were reportedly arrested at their hideouts in a government school in Igbide community.

Although details of the arrest are still sketchy it is believed to be related to the communal conflict between Igbide and Emede kingdoms which has claimed five lives and left properties worth millions of naira, destroyed in Emede kingdom.

Sources said that the attack on Emede by youths of Igbide kingdom saw persons in military camouflage and the use of sophisticated firearms.

Both communities have had an age-long land tussle, which sources claim triggered the renewed violence.

Following the killings and arson, the LGA Security Council on Friday, suspended the monarchs of the two kingdoms, imposed an indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew and as well, declared the President General of Igbide, Mr Patrick Oboghor, “wanted” for failing to appear before it.

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