Omo-Agege Slams Military Over Attack On Civilians In Delta
By Staff Reporter
Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege, said on Sunday that the military does not have the license to brutalize citizens.
He was speaking in connection with the incident of March 2, 2016, when soldiers attached to Presco Plc, reportedly led by one Lt E.D Oworobo and some unknown men from Edo State allegedly carried out what has been described as a brutal attack on women living in Ovre r’Eku community in Ethiope Local Government Area of Delta State.
Omo-Agege’s visit came in the heels of public outcry over the incident, and he warned that he would not allow the oppression of the Urhobo people anywhere in the country.
Condemning the action of the military personnel, he said: “It is bad enough for soldiers to brutalize our men and even worse for them to brutalize our women.”
He added that the Nigerian Senate would not tolerate military brutality on innocent Nigerians.
He appealed to the victims of the attack and the community leaders to remain calm as he promised to take the matter up with the military authorities to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.
While commiserating with the people for the loss suffered, he assured them that he would liaise with colleagues from Edo State to resolve the issues, noting that Deltans and the Edo people are brothers and one people dating back to days in Bendel state.
According to him, “on the issue of military brutalization of our aged mothers, I will take it up with the military authorities to seek some explanation, we must get to the bottom of this matter and I can assure you that the Senate will not tolerate military brutalizing our citizens.
“I can assure you that heads will roll on this matter; nobody has the license to brutalize our citizens under any guise. I want to appeal to you to remain calm and don’t take laws into your hands, ensure that the issues do not escalate further than it is now, we will make sure that the matter is resolved peacefully.”
Earlier, Chief Momo Orie, spokesman of Ovire’rEku community, and Madam Felicia Emoghene narrated their ordeal in the hands of soldiers attached to the Prisco Oil company who they alleged have consistently harassed them without provocation over the boundary issue between their community and Edo State.
Senator Omo-Agege had earlier visited the President-General (PG) of Eku Development Union, Chief Joe Ukueku and his executives to get first hand information.
Chief Ukueku thanked the Senator for his intervention on the land dispute.
Before now, Delta State House of Assembly, DSHA, had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Chief of Army Staff to carry out full scale investigation into the act by soldiers who were said to be attached to Presco Plc.
The Legislature in the motion which was brought under matters of urgent public importance by the member representing the constituency in the House, Chief Evance Iwhurhie alleged that the illegal invasion was led by one Lt E.D. Oworobo.
The lawmakers appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to take up the issue with President Muhammadu Buhari in order to fish out the soldiers who participated in the dastardly act and bring same to book.