Eduwu Ekhator Condemns Oka-bere Shooting

Lucky Efese

BENIN CITY – The Chairman of Edo State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, Chief Eduwu Ekhator Obasogie, the Obasogie of Benin Kingdom, has condemned in strong term, the  recent senseless shooting of two youths dead in Oka-bere Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

It would be recalled that Chief Ekhator has forthright ago, pleaded to the people of the State, especially the youths to shun violence and embrace peace, stating that no state or nation progresses amidst violence and crisis.

It is noted that the advice fell on deaf ears as crisis which therefore erupted in Oka-bere Community led to shootings and killing as well as extended to different part of the state, a situation which characterized by insecurity.

Speaking with Journalists in his office in Benin City, Chief Ekhator, said that though his Committee was yet to be briefed of what led to the chaos, but when asked if his Committee could ever bring peace to the state and indeed the locality, he said yes, reiterating his office resolve to collaborate with the security agencies to address insecurity in the state, especially the continuous increase in cult related activities, kidnapping, shooting, killing and civil unrest in state and the country, was an indication that lives and properties of the people are not safe and that the various security structures have failed in their duties.

Recalling, that two persons, one Efosa Uwadia, 35 and Ehigiator, were reportedly shot dead in the fracas, while the third person, a 32- yr-old  Osabuohien Desmond Omoruyi, was brutally beaten up and sustained severe injuries in Oka-bere Community by the youth Chairman and his boys, during a meeting which was held at the town hall.

A source, one Monday Osawaru, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that the 32-yr- old Osabuohien Desmond Omoruyi narrowly escaped with severe injuries after he was mercilessly beaten up at an unknown place, saying the police and other security agents are yet to make any arrest against  the perpetrators of the evil act, while expressing his anger and disappointment on the security agencies, stating they have failed in their  responsibilities, thereby making the state and the country unsafe for living.

He added that as if the injuries the said Osabuohien Desmond Omoruyi sustained was not enough, the assailants have threatened to ceaselessly search for him to unleash attack which might result to death on him, pointing out that as at press time, his whereabout remains sketchy as he had escaped to avoid being killed over communal matter.

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