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Delta community raises the alarm over suspected toxic waste

By Owen Akenzua, Asaba   |   29 December 2016   |   2:50 am
Toxic waste

Toxic waste

Traditional rulers decry rising insecurity

Substances suspected to be toxic waste has been dumped on Asaba-Ebu-Illah road by unknown persons. Residents are currently gripped by fear. Some of the residents alleged that the strange substances in ash and brown colours may have been dumped by a northern-based cement manufacturer whose drivers ply the road often to Abuja.

This has set tongues wagging among members in the communities who have also called for immediate intervention of the State House of Assembly.But the Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. John Nani, yesterday allayed the people’s fear, disclosing that experts would evacuate the substances within the next few days. He also assured that measures have been taken to apprehend the perpetrators.

The substances were dumped closer to the source of domestic water.A few weeks ago, another community near Asaba experienced a similar incident when its residents woke up to find littered substances packaged in cement bags in their abode.

They raised the alarm, which resulted in apprehending the driver of a truck conveying cement who was taken to Illah police station where he was reportedly quizzed before he was released.

Meanwhile, the council of traditional rulers in the state has raised concern over insecurity upsurge and challenged security agents to ensure that perpetrators of crimes, especially kidnapping, armed robbery and human trafficking are brought to book.

A communiqué by the Chairman of the Council, (Obi) Emmanuel Efiezomor II at the end of their meeting yesterday, expressed worries over the upsurge in kidnapping of traditional rulers in the state and pleaded with persons with criminal tendencies to have a change of heart or face the wrath of the deities.

The communiqué urged the law enforcement agents to come up with comprehensive strategies to prevent the increasing rate of crime in the state. The monarchs also appealed to Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities to sheathe their swords and tow the path of peace as rancour and distrust created ways for disunity and lack of development. They also advised youths including jobless individuals in the state to embrace agriculture.




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