Delta State: 35 missing after in Emede after Wednesday’s attack
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Residents of Emede community in Isoko South local government area of Delta state have cried out that over thirty-five people are missing in the community. This is after armed attackers from Igbide raided Emede on Tuesday and Wednesday razing down houses killing about five persons.
Mr. Omrys Ofo, the chairman of Emede Progressive Union, Abuja chapter in a statement said that the union condemns the attack tagging it “without provocation”.
“Emede, our community was on December 9, 2020, without provocation, attacked the armed youths of Igbide killing over seven persons with over 35 of our brothers and sisters still missing and unaccounted for.
“They also set ablaze over 50 houses and shops as well as the Emede market including, my own home, and those of my father and elder brother. They also looted properties and traders’ goods, and as a result of this attack, the Emede town was deserted. We are glad to announce that normalcy has returned to the community and we are working on rehabilitating those that are badly impacted by the attack and working on ways to wade any such future attacks.
“We have taken this length of time before making any public statement because we had to wait for the return of our delegates that visited Emede to physically assess the extent of damage and consult with the entire leadership of Emede both within the community, in the country and abroad.
“We the Emede people condemn in the strongest terms the unprovoked attacks on our people, and we are not taking lightly the killing and kidnapping of our people by the people of Igbide under the direct instructions of the leadership of Igbide, especially the abduction of over 35 indigenes of Emede that are yet to be accounted for since the day of the attack.
“And to this end, we urge the state commissioner of police to intensify efforts to arrest those behind this attack and to rescue our missing brothers and sisters, or the people of Emede may be left with no option than to take the responsibility by themselves of rescuing their kin. The young boy by the name Clinton in the now-famous video of the attack must be arrested and made to name his other accomplices.
“We want to remind the commissioner of police, Delta State command that under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, murder, arson, illegal possession of firearms, among other offences as caused in the attack, are non-bailable offences and as such the people of Emede will not accept any excuse of pressures from any quarter to release the armourers of the youths of Igbide in the person of Christopher Irivri-Ubulubu and other persons already in police custody.“Neither will the people of Emede accept any attempt to sweep this issue under the carpet by anyone, no matter how highly placed such person or persons may be.
Appreciating the Isoko North local government chairman and security agencies for their response, he condemned the suspension of the President general of Emede by the local government council Chairman.
He stated that assessment was in progress to ascertain the cost of damage caused stating “we shall use all legal means to recover the same from the people of Igbide.
He urged the residents of Emede to be at alert as they go about their daily business without fear.