By Oladehinde Kehinde
Kingsley Otuaro, deputy governor of Delta, is alleged to be behind the tension fiercely building between Urhobo and Ijaw ethnic clans in Udu Local Government Area, LGA, and, Warri South LGA, of the oil-rich state. Also, named in the crisis is Boro Opudu, chairman of Delta Waterways/ Land Security Committee, who is Ijaw like Otuaro.
An Urhobo youth group claimed Boro Opudu is stockpiling “arms/ammunitions for his Ijaw brothers”.
“We don’t have confidence in the activities of the security agents in the State because we smell some high level of conspiracy”, said Sunday Subi and Dennis Kpoma, youth president and secretary, Udu kingdom, in a statement.
The Urhobo group said armed Ijaw youths decided to unleash mayhem on them because they had tried to stop them from stealing crude oil and illegal bunkering activities in the affected communities.
“When the CP (Delta Commissioner of Police) visited the two communities (Ogbe-Ijaw and Esaba communities) burnt down by the Ijaws, he saw the Ijaw boys with sophisticated weapons but could not arrest any even when he was aware that the cause of the fight was an attempt by the Urhobo boys of Iyama and Epame to stop the Ijaw boys from their usual oil theft (Illegal bunkering).” the statement added.
The Urhobo are also blaming their Ijaw counterparts for the series of kidnapping and death of one Austine Oduara, allegedly abducted alongside his wife and five others.
The group accused the Ijaw of “planning to conquer all Urhobo communities at the bank of river Niger and Forcados River was indeed a truism.”