Former Director General of the Delta State Traffic Management Agency, DESTMA, Olorogun Stephen Dieseruvwe has the described the current happenings between Emede and Igbide communities in Isoko South local Government Area of Delta State as a disgrace to Isoko nation.
In a statement on his facebook account, the Urhobo traditional chief said,
“Not too long ago, it was alleged that Igbide attacked Emede, which resulted to many deaths and countless number of houses burnt. The crisis led to the suspension of the Kings and President Generals of the the two communities by the State Government, and within two weeks, the suspension was lifted.
On hearing what appears to me to be a retaliatory attack yesterday, Thursday 14th January 2021 in which over 20 houses were burnt at Igbide, including that of the PDP Chairman of Igbide, who also doubles as the PDP Chairman of Chairmen in Isoko South LGA, I sent a team for on the spot assessment. The damage done, and the report received is to say the least, shameful and disgraceful, seeing Isoko neighbours destroying properties and taking lives. The question to ask is, why did the State Government hastingly lift the suspensions on the Kings and President Generals of Emede and Igbide, with a thorough security report?
Unconfirmed and unverified report points the attack to the doorsteps of some influential ‘politicians’. This should also be one of the reference points of investigation and any ‘politician’ found to be culpable in this dastardly act, MUST be brought to book. There MUST not be any sacred cows.
Information also reaching me, indicates that, there is tension brewing between Enwhe and Olomoro (my maternal home town) on the same land issue that has caused enormous damage at Emede and Igbide. I am using this medium to call on the Delta State Government to immediately wade into the Enwhe/Olomoro crisis, with the aim of nipping it in the bud. A stitch in time saves nine. The Chief Security Officer of Delta State should used a fraction of the ‘unaccounted for’ monthly security vote in tackling these security challenges.
Enough of the senseless killings in Isokoland. Let’s embrace peace and be our brothers keeper. STOP THE CARNAGE.
– OLOROGUN STEPHEN K. DIESERUVWE