More than 50 houses have been razed at Ibrede in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State, after an intra-community squabble over ownership of fish ponds hit the town.
Soldiers and policemen were deployed in the community, at the weekend, to quell the uprising between the Ugbo family and other members of the community.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, yesterday, told Vanguard that she heard there was fighting, but had not been briefed by the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in the area.
The Ugbo family, which claimed to be the rightful owner of the fish ponds, was said to have refused the plan of the other sections of Ibrede to appropriate the ponds as a communal property.
Troubled started when some members of the family attended a burial ceremony in another part of the town and were attacked by the other faction, which questioned their presence at the ceremony. The attack led to counter-attack and breakdown of law and order, forcing the deployment of security agents in the town.