Friday, May 15, 2020

ARMED YOUTHS INVADE AGOLILA VILLAGE, ESCRAVOS *KIDNAPPED A BUSINESS MAN *SHOT AND INJURED DISPLACED INDIGENES OF UGBOEGUNGUN COMMUNITY

ARMED YOUTHS INVADE AGOLILA VILLAGE, ESCRAVOS
*KIDNAPPED A BUSINESS MAN
*SHOT AND INJURED DISPLACED INDIGENES OF UGBOEGUNGUN COMMUNITY

Mr. Gbekele Omonuberu

Mr. Eric Otsema Asawa
The quiet village of Agolila in Escravos Area was thrown into confusion when some unidentified armed youths invaded the village in many speedboats. They shot and took away forcefully an Ondo Businessman, Mr. Gbekele Omonuberu residing in the village and also shot and injured other persons including Mr. Eric Otsema Asawa, an Ugboegungun Community refugee who is presently receiving treatment at the Warri Central Hospital.

The incident according to an eye-witness account which also led to some of the victims sustaining machete cuts, took place at the early hours of Tuesday May 12, 2020.

The matter has since been reported to the Area Commander, Nigerian Police, Burutu who directed that Mr. Eric Asawa who sustained a big cut in his left hand as a result of the gun shot, be taken to Warri Central Hospital for treatment. As at the time of filing this report, no arrest has been made. Also Ugboegungun Community Leaders could not be reached for comments as at press time.

It would be recalled that Ugboegungun Community invasion of February 2018 resulted in the forceful ejection of over 70% of members and residence of the Community and all efforts of the team sent by the Inspector General of Police, the Joint Task Force set up by the Delta State Government, efforts by the Olu of Warri and the Warri High Court order directing all displaced persons to return to their settlement in Ugboegungun Community as well as the AIG Benin City order for people to return to their Community failed as those that  have attempted to return are beaten and forced to return back to their refugee life in different parts of Nigeria.

The refugees of Ugboegungun numbering over three hundred persons who have been deprived from entering their own community for over three years are now calling on the Olu of Warri, well meaning Nigerians and the Delta State Government to come to their aide by returning them to their home land in Ugboegungun Community and ensure safety of lives and property as well as law and order in the Community.

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