- Demand Justice
From Ameachi Prosper (The New Diplomat’s Delta Correspondent)
Economic activities were brought to a halt at Oleh, Isoko South LGA on Tuesday, as women of the community marched round major streets of the town, demanding justice over the gruesome killing of 12 indigenes of the community.
The women numbering over two hundred protested over the delay in bringing the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
The gruesome killing of 12 indigenes hired as farm workers at Ada farmland reportedly occurred on 16th of October 2020. The suspected killers were yet to be identified.
They called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Delta State to facilitate the quick delivery of justice on the matter.
The protesters with black attires displayed placards and leaves with various inscription as, “Justice delayed is Justice Denied”, “We need nothing but Justice”, “Hasten Justice for Oleh 12″, ” 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”, among others.
The women chanted songs of grievances as they moved to Isoko South council secretariat, the palace of the Odio-Ologbo of the kingdom, HRM Anthony Ovrawah Omogha l, the Oleh divisional police headquarters and terminated at the Oleh roundabout axis of the Ughelli-Asaba expressway.
Addressing 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, government has not done or said anything about it”.
“Since the incident, we have not been able to go to our farms. Hunger is killing our people. We’re are calling on government to come out and fish out the killers.”
Addressing the protesters, the Odio-Ologbo of Oleh kingdom, HRM Anthony Ovrawah Omogha l, commended the women for the peaceful protest saying, “be assured that God will fight for us. Oleh people don’t want war but peace.”
The President General of the community, Chief Believe Alakri while commending the women for the peaceful protest said, the sticking of feathers to the ground at the scene of the incident revealed that allegations of herdsmen involvement were false.
He also called on the government and the police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring those behind the killings to book.
The Divisional Police Officer of Oleh divisional police headquarters, C.S.P Muhammad Na-Allah said, “nobody is happy that people were killed. We are here for you and if anybody threatens you, call me or come to my office.
However, The New Diplomat gathered that the communal crisis was as a result of the lingering boundary dispute between both communities.
Both Oleh and Ozoro communities are areas of the respective local governments of Isoko land.
While Oleh is host to the Faculty of Law and Engineering campuses of the Delta State University (DELSU), one of the Delta State Polytechnics is located in Ozoro.
A relative of one of the deceased persons in the clash said it was only Oleh indigenes that were killed.
According to her, the land in dispute was bought by a politician (name withheld) who was planning to relocate to the community from Asaba and wanted it cultivated but was resisted by another group claiming ownership of the land.