The crisis in Ekpan, Uvwie community of Delta State, has assumed a new dimension after Oyibo Efe, a stepson of former Unuevworo of Ekpan, Chief Newton Agbofodoh, was shot dead in cold blood.
TheNewsGuru reports the murder of Efe is coming barely two months after Agbofodoh was sentenced to death by hanging by a Delta State High Court over alleged murder and other cases.
A family source close to the matter, who spoke to TheNewsGuru under condition of anonymity, said Efe’s death came as a surprise as he supposedly has no root to Ekpan.
“His father is not from Ekpan. His mother is not from Ekpan. Is it a crime he shared the same mum with Agbofodoh’s children?” the family source queried.
Efe, who hails from Jeddo, a neighbouring community to Ekpan, in the heat of the ongoing community crisis, was attacked and shot in the face by gunmen suspected to be loyalists to two different factions in the crisis.
“There is no way he could have survived the shooting,” the family source told TheNewsGuru.
Efe was shot dead a fortnight ago near the residence of Chief Agbofodoh in Ekpan.
With the recent ugly incident, the crisis in Ekpan community has been aggravated as gunmen have continued to shoot sporadically in the town.
The family source called on the Delta State government and the traditional institutions of the Uvwie and Okpe kingdoms to intervene, to prevail in making sure those responsible for the murder of Efe are brought to book, and the crisis abated.
“Too many innocent people have died in this Ekpan crisis. How long will this continue? Okpe lives matter. The Orodje of Okpe has to come into this matter to ensure no more innocent Okpe lives are lost in this never-ending Ekpan crisis.
“Especially Ovie of Uvwie has to call his subjects to order not to allow the Ekpan crisis degenerate into a war between Ekpan and Jeddo, the people of which, are known generally to be peace-loving.
“Also, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has to prevail over this recent development so as to prevent communal crises with grave repercussions that have happened in other parts of the State from manifesting between Jeddo and Ekpan communities.
“Governor Okowa, the Orodje of Okpe and the Ovie of Uvwie, to calm fraying nerves, should prevail over this issue to ensure justice is served,” the source said.
The source disclosed the matter has been reported at the Ekpan Police Station, and that a Police officer from the Ekpan station accompanied the corpse to the morgue.
However, the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka could not be reached for comments as at the time of filing this report.