Oghara, hometown of former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, may be witnessing some ruckus as the choice of Chief William Ibori, elder brother of the former governor as spokesman (Unugbrogodo) of Ogharefe community in Ethiope west local government area of Delta state has caused untold mayhem among rival groups in the clan.
One person has been reported dead as a result of the communal crisis in an alleged gun duel with mobile policemen drafted to the area to curtail the near-war situation.
A dependable source revealed that the position of spokesman for Ogharefe community which has been in contention is being contested for by one Chief Erubami (a.k.a Ogbo) and Chief William Ibori, but that trouble started when the later favoured for the exalted position.
Another source disclosed that the deceased person, a member of the community’s youth group and alleged loyalist to Chief Erubami was shot dead by a team of mobile policemen drafted to the scene of the crisis, during a gun duel.
An insider source also confirmed that Chief Willian Ibori had the backing of the state government while other sources say that Chief Erubami was not a true son of Ogharefe since his mother hails from there while his father is from Oghareki, one of the ancestral communities in Oghara Kingdom.
Chief WilliamIbori was on Wednesday sworn in as the new spokesman (Unugbrogodo) of Ogharefe community, a development which allegedly angered the Erubami led faction and leading to untold crisis.
Meanwhile, the Delta state police command has confirmed the incident but denied that the youth leader was shot by the police, saying that one person has been arrested for arms possession.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Charles Muka, said “I have contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area. There is youth leadership tussle and according to the DPO, the youths mobilized, armed themselves with various weapons. We even arrested somebody with an automatic Pump Action gun, but later the corpse of a man was discovered inside a vehicle parked, with injuries in a very different location and there is no trace to who killed him.
He added that “the corpse of the deceased has been removed to the mortuary for autopsy while the police are monitoring the situation with full investigation to ascertain the circumstances that led to the crisis.”