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Tension As Ijaw, Urhobo Youths Fight Over Warri Market Revenue Collection

Delta, Panel of Inquiry, Oghara, Udu, Urhobo
Posted: Oct 4, 2016 at 5:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Emma Arubi

Warri – Sporadic gunshots Tuesday sent residents of Warri metropolis in Delta State scampering for safety as some Ijaw and Urhobo youths allegedly engaged themselves in a battle over who had right to collect revenue from traders in the state owned, but uncompleted market located along the busy Warri/Sapele Road.

The situation was however brought under control by security personnel drafted to the market to maintain the peace.

The shooting spree which started on Monday, resumed Tuesday morning when one group allegedly started the shooting again to warn the other of an impending bloody encounter.

Though details were still sketchy as at the time of this report, Independent gathered that Monday’s shootout was at the Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri, Delta State, even when it was not immediately clear if there was casualty.

Trouble was said to have started when members of the youth group tried to collect revenue from traders in the market, most of who were determined to forestall any attempt at illegal revenue collection.

Construction of the market was started by the late Felix Ibru administration in what seemed like a move to pacify the Ijaws in the area, following the domination of Igbudu and Pessu Markets by Urhobos and Itsekiris respectively. It is however yet to be completed by the government before handing over to authorities of Warri South Local Government Council.

The uncompleted market has now been forcefully converted into living rooms by some Ijaw youths that have resisted government attempt at evacuating them till date.

Meanwhile, the skirmish which occurred earlier today that witnessed a heavy presence of military men and police patrol vans that blocked major access roads to the troubled spot was allegedly between the traders and community youths but was successfully brought under control by security agencies acting on the orders of the Police Area Commander Warri, ACP Mohammed Muazu, who later slated a meeting for the warring parties to address the matter.

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