By FESTUS AHON
OVER 47 buildings in Oreba community in Uwheru, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, have been destroyed, following a violent clash with a neighbouring Odja village over a girl friend tussle. Over 100 persons have been rendered homeless by the clash, which occurred recently at about 9am, involving youths of the two communities. 12 buildings, according to a reliable source, were razed, while 32 were destroyed.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged that three other buildings were pulled down with dynamites. The leadership of the Oreba community in a press release yesterday called on the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan to as a matter of urgency visit the village.
The community in the statement, signed by the ‘Odion’, Mr Julius Orovwenya and two others, alleged that; “the serene peaceful Oreba Community of Uwherun Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State was razed down by youths from Odja Community of Uwherun. “The agrarian village was attacked in the early hours of 16th of February 2012, when most of the villagers have gone to their farm lands.
Preliminary investigations showed that a youth from Odja who was involved in a fight with another from Agadama Community over a girl friend during a burial ceremony in Oreba on 28th of January 2012, died on the 16th of February , 2012.
“These Odja youths who are known notorious criminals in Uwherun Kingdom used dynamites on buildings of innocent Oreba people before setting them o fire. Evidence of dynamites used on houses are currently with the Nigeria Police Force in Ughelli.
“Hundreds of the villagers have their homes and properties completely destroyed, looted and they are now refugees in their home land. They are homeless, no clothes and no food to eat.
“We are therefore calling on the State Executive Governor to as a matter of urgency visit this village and direct all relevant Government and non Government Agencies saddled with Emergency Relief Responsibilities to come to our aid in order to avoid deaths from hunger and frustrations.
“We hereby appeal to the member representing Ughelli North Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, the member in Federal House of Representatives, the Senator, Delta Central, Special Senior Assistant (SSA) to the Executive Governor on Community Matters and the President General of Uwherun Kingdom to visit this community and confirm the degree of destructions in order to give the necessary assistance to Oreba people.
“We also call on the Nigeria Police Force and all other security agencies to immediately bring the perpetrators of this criminal act to book to serve as deterrent to others in Uwherun kingdom. As a peaceful, law abiding community we rely on the law to take its course as no one man, family, town or kingdom has the monopoly of violence.
“We hopefully rely on you to use your good office in alleviating the sufferings brought upon this Oreba people by the Odja hoodlums.”