By Emma Amaize
WARRI—ETHNIC crisis is looming between the people of Molume, an Itsekiri boundary community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State and Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State.
Molume community in separate petitions its counsel, Mr. D. Anomuoghanran, had drawn the attention of the Inspector General of Police, IG, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar; Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5, Benin City, to the impending crisis.
They alleged that suspected militants sponsored by an Ondo State agency, monarch and individuals in Ilaje council, invaded Molume and destroyed a building project and materials for three housing units being constructed by Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
It was gathered that the contract for the three housing units in Molume was awarded by DESPDAC to Ogheren Enterprises Limited, to assist the community rebuild the houses that were burnt during the Itsekiri/Ijaw crisis.
Similarly, chairman of Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, J. Ayomike, in a letter to the Attorney General of Delta State, said: “Ondo State authorities have crossed into Warri North, particularly Molume, to arrest workers at a building site.”
Ayomike reminded the Attorney-General of the festering boundary dispute between Ondo and Delta states, which had been settled by a Federal High Court in Benin City, though Ondo State, had appealed the judgment.
SOURCE: Vanguard Nigeria