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Ekpan Crisis: 500 Persons Protest Arrest, Detention of Agbofodoh

Ekpan Women Protest
Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 John Dugbe

 Ughelli – Over 500 indigenes of Ekpan community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Tuesday, stormed the Deco Road office of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR) in protest against the arrest and detention of High Chief Newton Agbofodoh, Unuevworo of Ekpan Community over thrump-up charges.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Comrade Godspower Odewero, said they wanted the CDHR to wade into the issue by ensuring that the highly respected Unuevworo was release unconditionally.

Odewero explained that some policemen, soldiers and thugs recently stormed the residence of the Unuevworo without any formal invitation, beat him up and forcefully took him away to an unknown destination.

He said, “after the arrest of the Unuevworo, thugs hired by those who want to soil his name by all means, started terrorizing innocent citizens of the community, especially those they perceived to be his loyalists. They used soldiers to molest the people of the community at night, all in the name of trying to broker peace.”

He added that recently some thugs who were working for some political office holders at Asaba and Uvwie Local Government Council invaded the residence of the Unuevworo in the presence of security agencies, destroyed parts of the building and carted away valuables worth millions of naira.

“They even promised to come back, saying that nobody can arrest them because notable authorities in government are behind them so nobody can do anything,” Odewero said.

Odewero appealed to the chairman and members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right, the Ovie of Uvwie and the leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union to come to their aid so that peace can return to Ekpan community.

A member of the CDHR, Mr. Festus Uwe,  who promised to reach the state chairman of CDHR on the issue, assured the protesters of doing whatever it takes to ensure that justice takes centre stage in the Ekpan crisis.