Two persons lost their lives in a community fight between the Okutukutu and Opolo villages in the Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State.

The conflict on Monday, according to sources, was revenge against Opolo natives for what they are said to have done to Okutukutu natives several years prior over a disagreement over the ancestral boundaries of their communal territory.

Some Opolo natives contend that since the two villages had coexisted peacefully for many years before to the creation of Bayelsa State, there was no need for the fight between them.

According to Kester Wilcox, the Okutukutu community’s youth president, the Opolo community’s youth attacked the Okutukutu community and started destroying strangers’ property before the latter organized and retaliated.

The quick expansion of the communities depends on peace, thus he urged the youths of Okutukutu and Opolo villages, as well as outsiders residing in both locations, to embrace peace.

There has always been a boundary dispute between the two villages, he said, but he did not understand why it should escalate into an assault on defenseless civilians.

The Bayelsa State Police Command spokeswoman acknowledged the problem and said that men from the tactical squad of the command had been sent to the areas of violence in an effort to bring peace and order.

The land dispute and the terrible deaths brought on by the violent attack have been confirmed by the Bayelsa State government.

Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, denounced the attack and directed the relevant security agencies to find and prosecute the perpetrators in a statement made public on Monday by his media assistant.

He made it clear that the current government will not put up with individuals or organizations using physical force or threats to settle territorial or land boundary issues, particularly when those cases are still ongoing in a court with appropriate authority.

He urged the fighting groups to lay down their weapons while the state administration made every attempt to resolve the matter, which included calling an urgent meeting with the leaders of the affected communities in his office by Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 3 p.m.

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