By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Aladja Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta on Friday
denied that its youths attacked the convoy of the wife of the Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa on her way to Ogbe-Ijoh Community on a medical programme.
The Aladja Community stated that the fear for the safety of civilians coupled with ignorance, made the Aladja youths resist the attempt of soldiers to go ahead without calling for reinforcement.
The Aladja Community made the assertion in a statement signed by
the President of Aladja Community Council, Comrade Elias Dogene, Chief Photo Ogbe, Oghwuvwie-General, Oghwuvwie Traditional Council and Mr. Asifor Samson, Aladja Welfare Movement Chairman.
The Aladja Community also denied that its youths attacked the convoy of the Wife of the Delta State Governor, Same Edith Okowa.
Reacting to a media reports allegedly sponsored by the Ogbe-Ijoh people,Aladja Community said,”There was no attack on the convoy by Aladja people at Aladja nor any other place.
The Ogbe-Ijoh people had in several media publications alleged that youths in Aladja Community attacked the convoy escorting the medical team of the Governor’s wife recently.
The Ogbe-Ijoh people also in the publications alleged that the Udu Local Government Council boss is sponsoring the Aladja people in the war with them with Council funds.
The Ogbe-Ijoh people in the said reports they called for the arrests of Aladja Community as well as the Council Chairman.
Aladja Community said the allegations in the report is “malicious” stressing that,”it is a prelude and an excuse to attack Aladja Community again.”
The Community stated that it was a “misunderstanding” as well as show of bravado by the soldiers excorting the medical team to Ogbe-Ijoh.
“Two days earlier, the leadership of Aladja got intelligence report that the Ijaws wanted to ambush the medical team and make it look like it was Aladja that carried out the attacks.
“This was reported to the JTF and Police Station at Aladja. To confirm their preparedness to carry out such sinister act. There were several gunshots from Ogbe-Ijoh in the noon time around 2pm. The Military and the Police heard them.
” Few hours later, the advance team came and was to pass through. A few youths approached the Soldiers and expressed their fears about the safety of the team and advised the Security strength be increased in the event that the Ijaws carry out their plans.
“But the Army Personnel refused to yield the advice and said they were prepared for anything. Fear for the safety of the civilians in the team coupled with ignorance, made the youths resist the attempt of the Soldiers to go ahead without calling for reinforcement.
“While the argument was going on between the youths and Soldiers, the vehicles carrying the civilians reversed and left the military men. Nobody was beaten nor molested.