From Joel Grandball
Two persons have sustained gunshot injuries as many others sustain various degrees of injuries in a clash between Ekiugbo and Otor-Iwhreko communities over the ownership of the Ughelli main market in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
This is just as the traditional shrine of one of the communities was burnt to ashes in the cause of the incident as traders in fear hurriedly packed out of the main Market.
Scores of vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed and youths set vehicle tyres on fire.
According to sources, Both communities have been at loggerheads claiming ownership of the market for over decades now and many people have lost their lives in that process.
The traditional shrine of one of the communities was also reportedly torched by some arsonists during an early shootout in the morning resulting to the shooting of two persons.
As at when the Pointer Newspaper visited the market at about 3.30pm youths from Otor-Iwhereko whom were apparently angered by the attack, had reinforced and barricade the Ughelli/Warri road where the market is located and were burning motor tyres.
A source who spoke on anonymous condition said, “Traders had to shot down their stalls again during the rampage by the youths who were immediately repelled in a shootout by youths from Ekuigbo community.
As at press time, a team of policemen from the Ughelli ‘A’ Division, had been drafted to the market to maintain law and order.