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Many Shot, Injured As Urhobo, Itsekiri Youths Clash Over Order To Close Markets

Ughelli- Crisis is currently looming in Warri, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta state following clashes between youths of Okere-Urhobo extraction and their Itsekiri counterpart over an order to close market places in the metropolis in honour of a deceased monarch.

Two persons have been reportedly shot: one on Saturday while the other on Sunday morning when the youth groups engaged themselves in a gun battle over the order.

A source who identified himself as Magnus Ameh told Daily Independent that the unidentified gunshot victims and several others who were injured during the clash were rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

According to Ameh, “the incident had forced traders in the market and residential area to flee the vicinity. Hoodlums capitalized on the opportunity to loot shops that were abandoned at the Okere Market”.

“The clash between youths started on Saturday following an order by the Okere-Urhobo people that all shops be locked in respect of the final rites of passage of their monarch, HRM (Prof.) Oghenero Okumagba, Idama ll. It was when the Okere-Urhobo youths had gone to Obahor and Okere market area to enforced the order that they were vehemently resisted by Itsekiri youths. It was during the argument and confrontation, the youths resorted to use of clubs, guns and other dangerous weapons

Confirming the development, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke, said nobody was killed during the fracas.

He added that it was one person that was shot and hospitalised and not six as been speculated. “Another person was shot and hospitalised on Saturday. They’re fighting because of the burial of the King”

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