Policemen sack Delta community, raze houses over colleague’s death
There was pandemonium at Emu Obodeti, Ndokwa West local government area of Delta State on Wednesday, after policemen invaded the oil-rich community, allegedly arresting anyone on sight and bundling them to the state police headquarters in Asaba.
As at the time of filling this report, only soldiers and mobile policemen were seen patrolling the streets as residents of the community have relocated for fear of arrest.
Investigation by The Guardian revealed that the crisis got to a head when a man simply referred to as Chief Mgbabegu was accused of diverting a transformer meant for the community. According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the allegation didn’t go down well with the chief who charged four chiefs in the community to a magistrate court for character assassination.
The chiefs were released on bail and celebrated their return to the community, which according to the source did not go down well with their accusers. “It soon degenerated into a melee with gunshots rending the air that got two people injured.
The matter was reported to the police who got to the community and arrest some of the suspects. However, they met some resistance from some of the youths, which led to the death of a policeman, while two others received bullet wounds.