The Nigeria Police, Delta Command, on Thursday said it was engaging relevant stakeholders on how to end the protracted crisis in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Command, DSP Mr Andrew Aniamaka, disclosed this in Warri.
Aniamaka also said the Command had commenced preliminary investigation on the early Monday crisis that led to the death of five persons in the area, adding that it had taken necessary measures to forestall recurrent of the incident.
“We are talking with the relevant stakeholders and preliminary investigation has commenced on the recent crisis in which five persons were confirmed dead in Effurun, “ he said.
“The police is taking all the necessary approach to forestall peace in the area.”
The five persons were allegedly killed while many injured in a renewed clash between perceived loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Effurun.
However, Mr Ramson Onoyake, Chairman, Uvwie Local Government Area, debunked the claim that the crisis had link with political parties.
“The crisis has nothing to do with political parties, it was perpetrated by hoodlums and arrest has been made.
“We have started arms mop up and anybody found with arms will be prosecuted, ” he said.
Onoyake urged the electorate to come out and vote without fear of intimidation, saying that security had been beefed up in the area.
“Surveillance patrol team is on ground and securitymen have been stationed at the black spots in Jakpa, Alaka and Udumurhie areas,” he said.
The chairman, however, said that there was no curfew in the area as reported by some media organisations.