The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) Delta state branch has called for the end of the communal clashes between Aladja and Igbe-Ijoh communities in Delta state.
In its extraordinary emergency executive meeting summoned on Tuesday the 23rd of October 2018 by the state chairman, Prince Kehinde Taiga, the committee condemned the deadly attacks on both communities by deviant elements in the area.
The communal clash on Monday that left no fewer than nine persons killed and others seriously injured was condemned by the committee just as urged the Aladja/Ogbe-Ijoh people to give peace a chance.
The committee, after a brief visit to both communities on Tuesday posited that contrary to the report in some quarters that the Nigerian army of 3 Battalion and police attached to Burutu area command shot some innocent persons dead were grossly alleged and misrepresented.
While commending the commanding officer 3 Battalion and the area commander of Burutu police command for immediate response to the situation and calming down the crisis which would have left countless casualties.
He said: “We sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives in the deadly clash. We hereby urge the Delta state government led by Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa to implement the resolutions and recommendations of some committees that have been set up by past and present administration in order to douse tension as both the lives of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh people are much values by Deltans.
“Playing politics with the lives of our people in those communities would spell doom and truncate the development of the state. A stitch in time saves nine.”