ALISOR / ALIBIDO (Ika Weekly) – The face off between the youths of Alisor, and Alibido, Ozanogogo, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area has landed four suspects at an Agbor Magistrateâ€™s court for attempted murder and malicious damage.
A youth from Alisor-Agbor is charged with attempting to murder one Monday Ogbemudia of Alibido by inflicting a matchet cut on his fore-head while the three suspects from Alibido were alleged to have maliciously damaged various house hold properties belonging to about seven Alisor indigenes valued at millions of Naira. Owners of the properties destroyed include Mr. Chuks Oriahi, 19 Ahona Street, Pius Agbormah, 92, Esor St, Mrs. Sovina Agbormah 92, Esor Street who was injured on her leg, Late Ephraim Idegbekwe 54, Esor Street. Others include Pa Vicent Aghedo, 66 Esor street,
The accused persons who pleaded not guilty to the charges have been released on bail.
In a related development, the leaders of Alisor and Alibido communities have expressed their willingness to settle the matter out of court in view of the fact that the two communities have been good neighbours and would not want the misunderstanding between the youths tear the people apart.
Speaking with Ika Weekly in a tape-recorded interview, the Esor of Alisor Chief S.W. Ogbemudia said he did not exactly know what caused the trouble but that on that fateful day, he received an information that some boys from Alibido had calash with some boys from Alisor and that during a fight that ensued, one of the boys from Alisor matcheted the other boy from Alibido, adding in retaliation, Alibido boys later came, to Alisor to destroy houses and household items belonging to some indigenes of the community.
He remarked that when he got to the village he discovered that several houses were destroyed, house-hold items, motorcycles, television sets, cushion chairs and others were also affected.
He remarked that the first action he took was to appeal to Alisor youths not to launch a counter attack on Alibido youths as that may lead to more destruction to life and property, adding that even though the police have made some arrests and the case already charged to court, there is still room for the two communities to come to terms and settle the matter amicably, since most of them have been living as good neighbours both at home and in the farm.
Chief Ogbemudia appealed to Alisor and Alibido youths to bury hatchet and make peace because their parents in the two communities have been friends from time immemorial.
The Esor of Alisor expressed thanks to God that the Alibido boy who was matchetted is recovering fast .
Speaking on behalf of Alibido community, the secretary of Alibido Youths Association Mr. Monday Ajayi said the Alibido boys were angered by the serious matchet wound inflicted on Mr. Monday Ogbemudia, adding that the reports reaching Alibido on that day was that the boy might not survive the injury.
Mr. Ajayi also disclosed that the boy is alive, and is receiving treatment, saying that the next line of action is to find amicable solutions to the problems even though the matter has been charged to court.
The youth scribe appealed to both parties in dispute e to sheath their sword and make peace because the two communities have been good neigbours over the years.