Violence in Delta communities: 5 persons missing in Enwhe after clash with Igbide
By Jon Egie
Five persons remain missing after a fresh clash between Enwhe and Igbide communities of Isoko South LGA in Delta state.
It was learnt that some women from Enwhe who went to harvest their cassava at Okpaoworo and Aghahave bush were allegedly attacked by warriors from Igbide and after a rescue team was mobilized to the rescue, five persons were not accounted for. Our source said the push carts meant to carry the harvested cassava home were found abandoned without trace of their owners.
Confronted for his reaction, the President General of Igbide, Mr Alex Edegware denied the allegation that the Igbide people were responsible for the violent attack.
“That is a blatant lie, they (Enwhe people) attack our people and nobody is missing there. Enwhe people are the aggressors, they kidnapped and killed our son, Prince Palmer Obukeni and also shot dead a woman with six and a half month old pregnancy .Nobody is missing”.
In a cross check the President Genral of Enwhe, Deacon Sunday Egboye maintained that three women and two men remained missing after the violent attack on Monday, August 8.
He said it is natural that the Igbide leader will deny culpability. He also denied knowledge of the kidnap and killing of the said Prince Palmer Obukeni.
“They are the aggressors, they laid claim to the land since 1967 and have been violently attacking who go to farm in that bush” he said.
Meanwhile, the Igbide leader, Mr Edegware has indicated his community readiness to embrace peace saying “there is no victory in war but victims”. He said he has faith in the Isoko Development Union peace committee headed by Barr Vincent Omurie’s ability to find a lasting solution to the lingering land dispute between the two communities.