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UPU seeks resolve of Aladja, Ogbe-Ijoh crisis


Olorogun Moses Taiga

President-general of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, has called on Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to show political and moral will and resolve the lingering dispute between Aladjaan Urhobo community and Ogbe-Ijoh, an Ijaw community in Delta State.

Taiga, who spoke against background of renewed clashes between the two warring communities in which over eight persons were feared dead, also called on the Federal Government and the military authorities to probe allegations of partisanship on the part of soldiers drafted to quell the crisis.

He said: “This dispute has lingered for too long and has taken much blood, lives and property. I call on the state government led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to show political will by looking at the reports of the various committees set up to look into the dispute and carry out their recommendations fearlessly.

“For how long are we going to allow the breach of peace and the disregard for the sanctity of human lives in these two communities because of other considerations not favourable to truth, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence?”The UPU president-general also frowned at allegations that certain individuals in high places are exacerbating the crisis.submitting that “such persons, if it is true, should search their consciences and be warned that history and the Creator will be unkind to them for any role they play in the wanton killings and destruction.”

“ I also call on the Federal Government to investigate allegations that soldiers were grossly partisan in this recent incidence by firing shots at helpless residents of Aladja, killing many,” he added.

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