Ovwian Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State on Monday expressed sadness over the spate of killings, armed robberies, arson and the destruction of properties by suspected cultists in their land.
President-General of Ovwian Community, Mr. Matthew Uparan spoke at a press conference held at the community’s town hall.
Uparan, who was flanked by Messrs Lawson Ighoifo and Duke Okua, Vice-President-General and Secretary-General, respectively with other Exco members said, “In recent times, scores of persons have been killed, several houses razed while properties worth millions of naira have been stolen or destroyed by hoodlums.
“It is a complex situation for the very fact that, sometimes it will seem like a fight between secret cult rival groups while it’s a direct attack on innocent and law-abiding citizens in some other times.
“Thus situation has reached an alarming rate that our sons were murdered in cold blood. Also, recent attacks of our son in Ovwian harbour/sawmill market.
“The situation has far gone beyond the reach of the ability of local vigilante corps who is not armed compared to the hoodlums who are heavily armed.
“The people of the area even subdued and are living in terrible fear most especially in the night when they sleep with one of their eyes open in anticipation of attacks.
“Many residents who have fallen victims and those who could not cope with the ugly situation have relocated from the Community with bad impressions thereby tarnishing the good image of the Community.
“I am particularly worried as the President-General over these incidences that are giving a serious cause for concern.
“However, there was a brief respite when CSP Eyoh a.k.a DPO Slap who was deployed to Ovwian/Aladja Police Division as DPO. We all breathed a sigh of relief when this development came as part of the Police intensified efforts towards stopping the insecurity menace.
“CSP Eyoh’s tactical decision, moves and play to bring the situation under control were commendable but this was a nine days wonder as his sudden transfer worsen the situation which remained unabated.”
Uparan called on the Government to establish a Police patrol team and Special Checkpoints within the areas.
He said the patrol team and checkpoints should be stationed at Ovwian roundabout, Orhunwhorhun and Express junctions as a step towards neutralizing the activities of the criminals.
Uparan said this is,”Because of the alarming concurrent incident happening in the State such as the kidnap of a DPO in Delta State at Asaba/Benin expressway in which ransom of 3million was being paid by the State Police Command, Killing if elder brother of Delta Chapter CDHR Comrade Kehinde-Taiga who was shot at indiscriminately by gunmen at Ughelli South and the kidnap of the Governor Sister-in-law who was kidnapped within Asaba metropolis.
“We also call on the State Commissioner of Police, AIG Zone 5 and IGP to consider the redeployment of CSP Eyoh to Ovwian/Aladja Police Division whom we believe has the ability and capability to tackle the problem considering his physical processions.”