This weekly update spotlights communal conflict in the Niger Delta with a focus on inter-communal clashes over land disputes in Delta State. According to data (see map below), inter-communal conflict over land ownership and boundary disputes caused over 300 fatalities in Delta State between January 2016 and August 2020. Recently, communal tensions escalated following a resurgence of communal clashes over land disputes in parts of the State. In February 2020, for instance, 3 residents were reportedly killed during a clash over a land dispute between Obinomba and Umusume communities in Ukwuani LGA. In March, 2 residents were reportedly killed and properties destroyed during a clash over a land dispute between Ukpiovwi and Oghior communities in Udu LGA. More recently, on October 16, 2020, 9 residents were reportedly killed during a clash over land ownership and boundary dispute between two communities in Oleh and Ozoro towns, the headquarters of Isoko South and Isoko North LGAs, respectively. The incident has reportedly intensified communal tensions in the area, raising fears of reprisals.
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