The ongoing crisis between Otor-Iwhreko and Ekiugbo communities in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State over development levy in Ughelli Main Market has taken a more disturbing dimension as one person was reportedly beheaded.
It would be recalled that three persons were last Thursday killed over the same issue of which the communities is legitimately qualified to collect the N100 development levy.
But the crisis deepened at the weekend when some hoodlums reportedly beheaded a yet-to-be identified middle-aged man and subsequently set him ablaze around the market area.
Information gathered from reliable sources said the man’s killers had thought the deceased was from Ekiugbo until some residents identified him to be an Isoko man when he had already been beheaded and set on fire.
The sources claimed the victim was ambushed and dragged down from a motorcycle that was conveying him to an unknown destination where he was beaten to a pulp before the suspects beheaded him.
The incident which occurred two days after three persons were shot dead around the market premises has caused pandemonium in the area as panic-stricken residents scampered for safety.
Market shops in the premises have been under lock and key in compliance with the state government’s directives and fear by traders to avoid being caught in the mayhem.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.