By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
Trouble brews as one Itsekiri youth is reportedly shot dead by gunmen on Monday morning in Omgbongwe, Warri Delta state.
We gathered that the youth was shot dead Monday morning by gunmen which reason was not yet clear while filing this report
Although, Daily Watch gathered the killing may not have been unconnected with the brewing controversy between Okere-Urhobo and Itsekiris over the burial order placed on all shop owners last week Saturday to shut down all shops within the Okere Urhobo Okumagba metropolis during the burial rite of the late HRM (Prof.) Oghenero Okumagba, Idama ll.
But there is other version which says the youth died as part of extension of two rival cult clash started in Iyara-Merogun community between rival cult members of ”Black Axe” and ”Vikins over a girlfriend and superiority conflict which had claimed several lives from the independence day 1st October.
Daily Watch reliably gathered that last week Saturday, there was palpable fear of a bloodbath in Warri, as youths of Okere-Urhobo extraction and their Itsekiri counterpart clashed over an order to close market places in the metropolis in honour of a deceased monarch.
Last week gun battle, two persons have been reportedly shot – one on Saturday while the other Sunday morning when the youth groups engaged themselves in a gun battle over the order.
Daily Watch can authoritatively reports that guns boom ceaselessly Saturday from the camp of two youth groups when the gunfight started.
The incident had forced traders in the market and residential area to flee the vicinity.
The development led to the looting of abandoned shops at Okere Market by hoodlums, our source said.
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke, who confirmed the development, however said that nobody was killed during the fracas.
He said: “It is one person that was shot and hospitalized last week Saturday clash. They’re fighting because of the burial of the King. But this Monday shooting and killing has not been made known to me by men in Warri’’ he said
Daily Watch gathered, following an order by the Okere-Urhobo people that all shops be locked in respect of the final rites of passage of their monarch, HRM (Prof.) Oghenero Okumagba, Idama ll.
Sources said that some youths of Okere-Urhobo had gone to Obahor and Okere market area, which is being shared by both ethnic nationalities to, enforced the order when they were vehemently resisted.
Daily Watch also learnt that youths from Itsekiri had reportedly stood against the enforcement, arguing that commercial shops cannot be shutdown in their domain, as there was no such order compelling people to do so during the burial ceremony of the late Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Atuwatse II.