Bloodbath looms over boundary dispute as Delta Assembly writes Buhari, Oshiomhole, Benin Palace on army’s invasion of Over Eku

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    Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba

    Piqued by alleged nefarious military activities in Ovrer-Eku community
    Ethiope East local government Area of Delta State, law makers at the
    State House of Assembly on Tuesday at the plenary session urged
    President Mohammadu Buhari as a matter of urgency to intervene in the
    activities of the military invasion to Ovrer-Eku community.

    In a letter addressed to the president, a copy made available to our
    correspondent, was signed by the speaker of the House, Mr. Monday
    Agbuya and member representing Ethiope East constituency, Mr. Evance
    Ivwurie.

    Part of the letter reads: “Mr. President, we urge you to carry out any
    investigation into the ugly incident of unlawful and illegal invasion,
    massacre and occupation of Ovrer Eku community in Ethiope East Local
    Government Area of Delta State by soldiers attached to Presco Plc”.

    The house also in a separate matter, called on the State Governor, Dr.
    Ifeanyi Okowa, and relevant security agencies to monitor the
    activities of Fulani cattle rearers’ nefarious atrocities in the
    state.

    But motion several to matters of urgent public importance were moved
    by members representing Ethiope East Constituency, Mr. Evance Ivwurie
    and the minority leader representing Ika South Constituency, Mr.
    Festus Okoh and were seconded by Azuka Azaka and Daniel Yingi
    respecting.

    In the motions, the members raised the alarm in the nefarious
    activities of the Fulani herdsmen in their constituencies, noting that
    residents of the areas, especially housewives, live in the fear of the
    unknown and called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to set up a committee to
    look into the ugly trend.

    While urging Mr. President to help fish out the soldiers allegedly
    involved in the dastardly act of massacre and as led by one Lt.
    Oworobo and bring same to book, the lawmakers who spoke differently
    said: “Mr. President we urge you to wade into the dastardly massacre
    perpetrated by the military invasion to Ovrer Eku community, our
    people are under serious threats, massacre and dehumanization”.

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    Meanwhile, the lawmakers have urged the Edo State Governor Adams
    Oshimhole, the palace of the Oba of Benin, Presco Plc and Newcross
    Petroleum Limited to desist from further annexing, claiming and
    colonizing the Delta State community at Ovrer Eku community at Ovrer
    Eku in Ethiope East local Government Area of the State.

    Noting with dismay that the community was renamed to Iwevbo as part of
    Orhomwon Local Government of Edo State and Benin Kingdom.

    The lawmakers in their motion directed that Presco Plc and its
    chairman, Mr. Paul Ogbebor to return one Mama Alice Agbemrehwue
    Omadete 87 years allegedly beaten up by the soldiers attached to
    Presco Plc and tens of motorcycles and bicycles carted away by the
    soldiers.

    The lawmakers further called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on
    Mr. President to direct the national boundary commission and other
    relevant ministries/agencies saddled with the responsibilities of
    boundary adjustment in Nigeria to determine the boundaries between Edo
    and Delta State, especially in Ovrer Eku community renamed to Iwevbo
    with a view to finding a lasting solution to the perennial dispute so
    as to present further re-occurrence and breakdown of law and order.

    Speaking to our correspondent Mr. Evance Ivwurie, member representing
    Ethiope East Constituency, said occupants in Ovrer Eku community are
    native of Urhobo under Agbon Kingdom, adding that they have lived the
    community for over 500 years and wondered why the Edo State Government
    could suddenly claim that the community belongs to Edo State due to
    the discovery of crude oil in the area.

    He therefore, called on the relevant stakeholders to investigate the
    matter in order to bring the perpetrators of the crime to Justice.

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