IGP. Ibrahim Idris
WARRI- The Ijaw Youth Council, Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Clan has condemned the attack on the advance team comprising of medical personnel and other support staff of Delta State first lady, Dame Edith Okowa by the people of Aladja in the evening of Sunday, July 8, 2018 and has called for the arrest of Aladja leaders. The attack led to the destruction of cars conveying medical personnel and injury to some of the personnel. It is unthinkable for members of any community within the state to attack the convoy of the wife of the Governor of the state. In short, the attack on the convoy of the Governor’s wife is an attack on the Governor of Delta State.
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Ogbe-Ijoh, Chairman Warri Clan, Comrade Smart Okosu made the call in a press statement sent to Daily Watch in Warri, said ‘‘The IYC state that the Aladja Community is lawless and dominated by criminal minded persons including the high level of leadership. To demonstrate the complicity of the Aladja community leadership, the attack on the convoy of the first lady was led by the Councilor representing Aladja community in the Udu Local Government Legislative Arm who works directly under the Chairman of the Udu Council Area, Mr. Jite Brown. In short, Mr. Jite Brown is using government fund to sponsor the Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh communal crisis and criminal elements in Aladja Community.
‘‘The way and manner the Aladja Community is behaving is as if they are above the laws of this country. We state that no community or groups of people are above the laws of the country. The leaders of the Aladja community who masterminded the attack on the convoy of the wife of the Governor of Delta State, Dame Edit Okowa should be brought to justice. As a result of the attack; the 05 free medical initiatives which was to take place at Ogbe-Ijoh for the people of Warri South West Local Government Area was cancelled. It would interest the general public to know that the first lady has earlier visited eighteen local government areas in Delta State without any challenge in any of the local government areas.
‘‘Consequently, the IYC Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Clan call for the arrest and prosecution of the Aladja Community leaders including Mr. Jite Brown; Chairman of Udu Local Government Area, Chairman of Aladja Community; Elias Dogene, Chief T. C. Wiliki, Alhaji Dauda and other Aladja leaders who are sponsoring and encouraging the ongoing criminality in Aladja community. The Aladja community has become a criminal hideout with the active support of the leaders of the community and they must be brought to justice for the criminality to stop.’’ He stated.