Hold Delta State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Ogbe-ijoh People – Concerned Indigenes
BEVERLY HILLS, March 25, (THEWILL) – Indigenes of Ogbe-Ijoh, Delta State, have declared that the Delta state Government should be held responsible for the alleged attack on their people because the state government failed to protect its citizens and listen to pleas of Ogbe-Ijoh people over the years to find a lasting resolution to their plight.
In a statement, on Friday, signed by Comrade Jeffrey Pere Oromoni on behalf of concerned indigenes of the area, and made available to THEWILL, the indigenes expressed displeasure over the alleged failure of the state government to find a lasting solution to the boundary dispute despite series of correspondence to the government over the years.
“It is disheartening to see the Delta State Government acting dumb, deaf and blind to the plight of Ogbe-Ijoh people over the blockade of the only access road to Ogbe-Ijoh by land and continuous invasion of Ogbe-Ijoh by the Aladja Community over the years,” the statement read.
“The failure of the State government to protect its citizens and not listening to the pleas of Ogbe-Ijoh people over the years and months clearly shows that the State Government is incompetent and clueless, on this ground we will hold the State Government responsible if further invasion and destruction of properties occur in Ogbe-Ijoh again.
“The invasion and destruction of properties worth millions of naira and loss of lives of Ogbe-Ijoh Community by Aladja Community yesterday (Thursday) is a confirmation that the State Government is playing politics with the lives and properties of its citizens it ought to protect, which is one of their responsibility as a Government.
“We are therefore calling on the Federal Government to intervene on this matter and the State Government led by Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa to wake up from their slumber to bring a lasting solution to this issue that needs an urgent attention and final solution to the Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja land dispute.
“Information at our disposal depicts that the Aladja people are planning and mobilising to further attack and invade Ogbe-Ijoh community, I am calling on the State Government to do everything within their constitutional power to avert this evil plan by the Aladja people.
“It is the constitutional duty of the State Government to protect the lives and properties of its citizens, if the State Government continue to sleep over this issue and fails to protect the lives, properties and to bring an everlasting solution to this land dispute between Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities, we will hold the State Government responsible.”
Story by Joe Ogbodu