FOLLOWING the communal clash between Emede and Igbide communities in Delta State over an age long land dispute, the people of Emede community have declared 35 persons missing.

The community disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement by the Chairman, Emede Progressive Union, Abuja branch, Omrys Ofo.

The statement read in part, “Emede, our community was on December 9th, 2020 attacked by armed youths of Igbide, killing over seven persons with over 35 of our brothers and sisters still missing and unaccounted for.”

He added that although normalcy had returned to the community, the residents were working on ways prevent any of such attacks in future.

 “We, the Emede people, condemn in strongest terms the unprovoked attacks on our people, and we are not taking lightly the killing and kidnapping of our people by the people of Igbide under the direct instructions of the leadership of Igbide, especially the abduction of over 35 indigenes of Emede that are yet to be accounted for since the day of the attack.

“And to this end, we urge the state Commissioner of Police to intensify efforts to arrest those behind this attack and to rescue our missing brothers and sisters, or the people of Emede may be left with no option but to take the responsibility by themselves of rescuing their kin,” Ofo said.

All efforts to reach the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa and the leadership of Igbede community failed, as calls and text messages to their cell phones were not responded to.