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Delta State council leaders have called for calm as reports that scores of Oleh and Ozoro communities indigenes have been killed in their bushes on Thursday by yet to be identified assailants while investigation is ongoing to unravel the attackers.
The Chairman Isoko North Local Government Council, Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor appealed to the people of Oleh and Ozoro communities to sheathe their sword and allow peace to reign while investigation on the reported killing is been carried out.
Egbabor, in a statement at the weekend, described the reported dastard killing of Oleh indigenes as highly condemnable and appealed to the warring communities to embrace peace.
The chairman called on security agencies to investigate the killings without delay and bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.
“It is with great sadness that I received the news of the killing of some Oleh indigenes.”
“While I commiserate with the deceased families and Oleh community, I appeal to the people of Oleh to please remain calm and allow peace to reign while security agencies investigate the killings.
He advised the general public most especially the indigenes of Oleh and Ozoro to desist from undue speculation and pointing fingers over the barbaric inhuman incident.
“As neighbours, we must do EVERYTHING possible to prevent the unnecessary and unwarranted loss of several lives. It is the height of wickedness for some persons to take the lives of others.
“Isoko remains one and I appeal that we don’t allow things to degenerate further even as government takes necessary action to forestall further breakdown of law and order.” he stated.
The chairman appealed to the traditional institutions and community leaders of Oleh and Ozoro to be careful of thier actions and utterances at this most crucial period.
He said the Isoko North Security Council has ordered a restriction of pedestrian and vehicular movement between the hours of 7pm and 6am within Ozoro and along the Ozoro/Oleh back road with immediate effect.
The Street Reporters Newspaper gathered that the curfew commenced on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Dennis P. Obrogo, the Chairman of Isoko South Local government, who described the killings as condemnable, also urging the people remain calm.
In a statement signed by the council boss said that “it has come to the attention of the Government of Isoko South, attacks and killings of scores of Oleh indigenes in their bushes in the last twenty-four hours by yet to be identified persons.
“These killings under whatever guise are not only senseless, barbaric but utterly condemnable.
“The general public especially indigenes of Oleh and Ozoro are hereby advised to desist from undue speculation and name calling over the unfortunate incident.
“Government is on top of the matter and working effectively with the security agencies towards unravelling the identities of those behind these dastardly acts.
“As painful as these killings, any form of reprisal will not be in the interest of anyone.
“We therefore challenge the Traditional Institutions and President Generals of Oleh and Ozoro communities to be extremely mindful of their actions and utterances at this critical time.
“This is the time to show leadership and responsibility.
“Our hearts goes out to the families and friends of the victims of these inhuman attacks.
“As Government, it is our firm promise that the perpetrators of these inhuman and needless killings will not be spared no matter where and who they are.
“We will bring them to book and justice will be served”, the council boss assured.
The statement added that “the Isoko South Security Council has ordered forthwith, restriction of pedestrian and vehicular movement between the hours of 6:30pm and 6:30am along the Ozoro/Oleh back road, beginning from today Friday 16th October.
“This order is indefinite and until further notice.
“The general public is advised to take this very seriously as anyone found along that road during the restricted hours will be arrested.
“Residents of Oleh are implored to remain calm and go about their normal and legitimate businesses peacefully as there is no need to panic”, the Isoko South Chairman stated.