Communal Crisis: Aladja Community Appeals To Tinubu

The Aladja Community residents accused the Delta State government of allowing the

By Ebi Kasikoro

Yesterday, the inhabitants of Aladja Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State made an appeal to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging him to assist in demarcating the boundary between their community and the Ogbe-Ijoh people in Warri South-West Local Government Area. The purpose of this demarcation is to put an end to the ongoing violence and loss of life.

The Aladja Community residents accused the Delta State government of allowing the bloodshed to persist due to a lack of determination to establish the boundary. They expressed their grievances during a large-scale peaceful protest held within the community.

Their plea to President Bola Tinubu was accompanied by a call for assistance from the Federal Government. The demonstrators marched through the community, starting from the Aladja Community town hall, proceeding through Ekorhion Quartetrs, and concluding at the Waterside, all while singing songs of solidarity.

The protest was led by notable figures, including Comrade Shell Okakotu GodFirst, the President General of Aladja Community Council, Mr. Akpojotor Okololo, the 1st Deputy Oghuvwie of Aladja Community, and Mr. Lori German, the Secretary of the Traditional Council in Aladja.

They said, “Ogbe-Ijoh give peace a chance. War is destructive. Peace is priceless. Ogbe-Ijoh allow peace to reign between us.”

The demonstrators also made an appeal to the residents of Ogbe-Ijoh Community, urging them to embrace peace in order to facilitate the demarcation of the disputed land.

The peaceful protesters carried placards displaying various messages.

During a conversation with reporters, Prince Ibrahim Dumudje, the President-General of Aladja Community, stated that the purpose of the peaceful protest was to shed light on the extent of oppression endured by Aladja Community at the hands of the Delta State Government and the people of Ogbe-Ijoh Community.

Represented by Dr. Richard Lafua, the 2nd Vice President-General of Aladja Leaders of Thoughts, Prince Dumudje revealed that a meeting had taken place at the Army barracks in Effurun, where an agreement was reached to demarcate the entire disputed land.

Prince Dumudje emphasized that no action had been taken since the meeting, and instead, they witnessed further encroachments on the disputed land by certain government agents, particularly Hon. Taye Tuoyo, the Chairman of Warri South-West Council, who allegedly instigated a conflict between the military and Aladja Community.

According to Dumudje, Aladja Community had agreed to the demarcation of the disputed land, but they have patiently awaited action from the Delta State Government.

Comrade GodFirst, who highlighted that the right flank of the land had been peacefully demarcated, expressed surprise that the left flank had not yet been demarcated, which had subsequently led to problems.

“The State Government is not ready to settle the matter” he said.

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