Urge IGP, FG, State Government for quick justice
By Kelvin Ohoror
The women of Oleh Community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State in their hundreds, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 protested over the delay for justice on the gruesome killing of 12 indigenes hired for farm work at Ada farmland on 16th of October 2020, by yet to be identified perpetrators who committed the evil act and called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Delta State for quick justice.
The economic activities were shutdown in Oleh, Isoko South local lovernment area, as women of the community marched round the streets of the community, demanding justice for the killing of 12 indigenes of the community.
The ever busy roundabout leading to Asaba was shutdown for several hours just to send signal to the Delta State government and security operatives that the 12 Oleh murdered people deserve quick justice and their families sympathy and care from the State government.
The women protesters with black attires displayed placards and leaves with various inscription as, “Justice delayed is Justice Denied”, We need nothing but Justice”, “Delta State government refused to do nothing about Oleh 12 killings″, ” The Government must not play politics with this matter”, “Our Son’s and Daughter’s must not die like that” and ” We don’t want war, we want Justice”, “Welfare scheme package for Oleh 12” among others.
The women chanted songs of grievances as they march to Isoko South local government council secretariat, the palace of the Odio-Ologbo of Oleh, HRM Anthony Ovrawah Onovughe Omogha l, the Oleh divisional police station and terminated at the Oleh roundabout axis of the Ughelli-Asaba expressway.
The women decried the state government’s attitude and delay in handling the matter, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, State Commissioner of Police, the Inspector General of Police to fish out and bring the perpetrators of the killings to book without further delay.
Speaking to newsmen, the women leader, Mrs Juliana Itewo said “Our husbands, children, mothers, innocent souls were killed on 16 October, 2020 while in search of their daily bread in the farm and since the attack, the government has not done or said anything about it”.
The Oleh Community women leader also lamented that, “Since the killings of Oleh 12 persons the Delta State governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has not deem it fit to visit the community or send any government officials to Oleh, the governor is taking the community for a ride after voting for him during the 2019 general election”, she stated.
She further reiterate that, people of the community have not been able to go to their farms or access their farmland, hunger is killing our people, adding that, we are calling on government to come out and fish out the killers.
On his part, Odio-Ologbo of Oleh kingdom, HRM Anthony Ovrawah Omogha l, commended the women for the peaceful protest, urging the people of the community to remain calm, noting that they should be rest assured that God will fight for them, that Oleh people don’t want war but peace.
President General of the community, Chief Believe Alakri slso commended the women for the peaceful protest, saying that Oleh community don’t want war but justice for the Oleh 12.
He also called on the government and the police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring perpetuators behind the killings to book.
Meanwhile the Divisional Police Officer of Oleh divisional police station, CSP Muhammad Na-Allah while addressing the protesters appealed for peace and assured them that the police is on top of the issue stating that “nobody is happy that 12 Oleh indigenes were killed.”
He therefore appealed for calm, assuring that the families of the bereaved and entire Community is secured “We are here for you and if anybody threatened you, call me or come to my office”, he said.
The DPO however assured that all the perpetrators of the heinous crime will be exposed.