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Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2020

2 feared killed as leadership tussle rocks Delta community

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From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Two persons were in the early hours of Monday allegedly shot by suspected hired assassins in Afisere Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta following an aged long leadership tussle.
It was gathered that a group of persons had in a failed attempt to dethrone the current leadership of the community, resorted to the alleged shooting of one Anthony Apiloko, a 42 year old motorcyclist at a close range but however survived and was rushed to the hospital in the area where he is currently receiving treatment for gunshot injuries
Sources said that Afisere Community has been enveloped in leadership tussle following calls by a section of the community led by one Chief Evans Akponanna on the need for a financial audit of the community’s funds and amendment of the constitution before the next community’s election scheduled for July 2020.
While the demands were reportedly tensed, it was further gathered a faction took the executive of the community to court seeking an order restraining the executive from tampering with the GMoU projects funds paid to the community by an oil company operating in the community
But the community Public Relations Officer, Precious Orichadere who confirmed the incident, said that two persons were shot as they are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the area
Police officers at Ughelli Police Division who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity described the incident as pathetic adding that a faction of youths in the community opposed to the leadership of the community as they also passed a vote of no confidence on the Victor Otumemine led executive while they installed a Caretaker Committee to oversee the affairs of the community.
Meanwhile, youths suspected to be members of Tuomo Community in Burutu Local Government Area at the weekend allegedly attacked the community leader, Chief Gimba Tamani and destroyed his palace over alleged postponement of youth election.
Eyewitness Jerome Ebeiye said that the irate youths also allegedly beat up two persons in the Palace and proceeded to destroy property in the community radio house.But Chief Tamani while narrating his ordeals to journalists in the area, said that the community youth president election earlier scheduled for December 30, 2019 was postponed by the community leader allegedly due to security threats.
He said” the Joint Taskforce ( JTF) Commanding Officer at Agbarho gave an order to the Bomadi Division not to meddle into civil issues in communities and officers led by the Bomadi Commander came to my Palace to inform me.
“I was planning to invite the Police to provide security for the election when information came to my palace that supporters of one of the aspirants, name withheld, were coming to attack me with the perception that I had postponed their election again. They were led by one of their leaders who came with matchetes, battles, axe and broke my door, invaded my bedroom, destroyed all property on sight, including window glasses, chairs and also made away with my money,they would have inflicted severe injuries on me or perhaps killed me if I was seen,as I was on my way to report to security threats at the police station when they arrived, and I am calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the appropriate security agencies to apprehend those involved in the act because an attack on the throne is an attack on Tuomo Community.”
In a swift reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said investigation into the matter was on going with a view to bringing those involved to arrest and warned that the police will not tolerate any act of indiscipline in the community.

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