Just as the Commanding Officer of the 3 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Effurun entered the protracted boundary problem, the feuding Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh villages in Delta State made an agreement to guarantee peace and security going forward.
According to information obtained by The PUNCH, the leadership of the two villages and other stakeholders held a peace parley on Saturday at the Government House Annex in Edjeba, Warri, as a result of the military’s intervention in the boundary dispute.
The intercommunal conflict over border demarcation between the nearby Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh villages of Udu and Warri South-West Local Government Areas took a dangerous turn on Friday, according to confirmed reports of one death.
However, according to local accounts, there were two fatalities in the early-morning shooting rampage that left Ogbe-whole Ijoh’s population in an uproar.
Since they stressed that “henceforth, the two communities will no longer attack each other over disputed land and that should any breach of peace occur, the persons found to be involved would be dealt with squarely,” the leadership of the warring Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communities resolved that peace should be maintained going forward by both communities in the pact they signed at the conclusion of the meeting.
Chief C.C.I. Whiliky, Shell Godfirst, and Chief Ottoogbiru Vetah are the three community representatives who signed the peace agreement on behalf of the Aladja community. Chief Anthony Jolomi, Denbota Oweikpodor, and Chief Lucky Oromoni signed on behalf of the Ogbe-Ijoh community.