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We Won’t Tolerate Military Brutalisation of Citizens, Says Omo-Agege

Posted: Mar 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi Asaba and John Dugbe Ughelli


Ovie Omo-Agege, Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, has confirmed that the military as an institution does not have licence to brutalise citizens.

Omo-Agege spoke against the backdrop of the incident of March 2, 2016, when soldiers attached to Presco Plc led by one Lt E.D Oworobo and unknown men from Edo State were said to have carried out an attack on women living in Ovre’rEku community and a farm land and ancestral land belonging to Eku community in Ethiope Local Government Area of Delta State.

Senator Omo-Agege said he visited Ovire‘rEku community, Eku, Ethiope East Local Government Area following public outcry that greeted the alleged booting and flogging of some protesting women by soldiers attached to Presco Oil, warning that he would not allow the oppression of the Urhobo people anywhere in the country.

“It is bad enough for soldiers to brutalise our men and even worse for them to brutalise our women,” he said, adding that the Nigeria Senate would not tolerate military brutality on innocent Nigerians and that Urhobo nation and the Nigerian Senate would not tolerate military brutalisation of Nigerians.

He appealed to the victims of the attack and the community leaders to remain calm as he promised to take the matter up with the Army authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

While commiserating with the people for the loss suffered, he assured them that he would liaise with colleagues from Edo State to resolve the issues, noting that Deltans and the Edo people are brothers and one people dating back to days in Bendel State.

“On the issue of military brutalisation of our aged mothers, I will take it up with the military authorities to seek some explanation; we must get to the bottom of this matter and I can assure you that the Senate will not tolerate military brutalising our citizens.

“I can assure you that heads will roll on this matter; nobody has the licence to brutalise our citizens under any guise.  I want to appeal to you to remain calm and don’t take laws into your hands, ensure that the issues do not escalate more than it is now, we will make sure that the matter is resolved peacefully,” he said.

Earlier, Chief Momo Orie, spokesman of Ovire’rEku community and Madam Felicia Emoghene narrated their ordeal in the hands of soldiers attached to the Prisco Oil Company who they alleged have consistently harassed them without provocation over the boundary issue between their community and Edo State.

Senator Omo-Agege had earlier visited Chief Joe Ukueku, President-General (PG) of Eku Development Union and his executive to get first hand information.

Chief Ukueku thanked the Senator for his intervention on the land dispute.

Delta State House of Assembly (DSHA) had earlier called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Chief of Army Staff to carry out full scale investigation into the act by soldiers who were said to be attached to Presco plc.

The House in the motion which was brought under matters of urgent public importance by Chief Evance Iwhurhie, member representing the constituency in the House, alleged that the illegal invasion was led by one Lt. E.D. Oworobo.

The lawmakers appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to take up the issue with President Muhammadu Buhari to fish out the soldiers who participated in the dastardly act and bring same to book.

The House in its resolution called on the President to prevail on the “Edo State Government, the Oba of Benin, Presco plc and Newcross Petroluem Limited to desist from further harnessing, claiming and colonising the Delta State Community of Ovre r’ Eku, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, which they have renamed as Iwevbo as part of Orhionwon Local Government Area of Edo State and Benin kingdom.”

It told President Buhari to direct “the National Boundary Commission and other relevant ministries or agencies saddled with the responsibility of boundary adjustment in Nigeria to immediately determine the boundary between the two states in the said community to proffer solution to the issue and prevent further reoccurrence of breakdown of law and order.