CSO demands justice for victims of Edo communal clash

CSO demands justice for victims of Edo communal clash

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Human rights activists have demanded justice for Monday Okhuelegbe Johnson and two other persons who were allegedly killed in connection with Amangba and Ago-Emokpae Communal crisis in Oredo Local Government Area and Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State respectively.

At a Media briefing on Saturday, the Speaker of Talakawa Parliament, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, demanded for justice Mr Monday Okhuelegbe Johnson and Mr Saturday Oyemwenvbimina, was declared missing when some hoodlums from Amagba Village, invaded their Villages early this year in the State.

He alleged that the slain victims had been the frontline targets of incessant attacks by some highly placed individuals in society that acted as human shields to killed and maimed unarmed locals.

MARXIST KOLA EDOKPAYI, SPEAKER, TALAKAWA PARLIAMENT

Edokpayi, lamented that the back-and-forth investigation by the police months after the sad incident occurred, is fast becoming a standard tactics to ambush justice from the jaws of the oppressed Citizens.

MADAM MONDAY ONIBOKUN,.DAUGHTER OF THE SLAIN OCTOGENARIAN

He thereafter passed a vote of no confidence the State governor, Godwin Obaseki for failing to priorities the security and welfare of the people as guaranteed by the constitution

Edokpayi also gave the Commissioner of police, Mr Lawal Jimeta a 7-Day ultimatum to either resign or arrest and bring the perpetrators of violence against Nigerians living in Oke-Oroma also known as Ago-Emokpae Village in the interest of peace and justice.

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According to him, the State government has not also come out to condemn the killings and the destruction of property in the community, adding that “injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere and should not be tolerated”.

Also speaking, the daughter of the slain nanagenarian, Mrs. Monday Onibokun, appealed to the concerned authorities to help unravel the miseries surrounding the sudden disappearance of her father

She also called on the state Commissioner of Police to bring those behind the killing of her father to book to serve as a deterrent to others in the society who believe that they can take laws into their hands and move freely on the streets unhindered.

Reacting, the Village head (Odionwere) of Amagba, Mr Joseph Osayi-Iduoriyekemwen, said that they are law-abiding people and should not be blamed for the self-inflicted crisis in Ago-Emokpae.

“Amagba and the so-called Oke-Oroma is a Emokpae Camp and we do not have any boundary with them, but, Obagie N’ Evbuosa Village.

“The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has given verdict on the matter that they (Ago-Emokpa) is not autonomous Community as been peddled by some attention seeking individuals.

“Till now, two adults from Amagba Village including one Friday are still missing after the clash between Amagba youths and the machinery people from Amokpae Camp.

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“Police are investigating the incident…I am above 80 years now, we are lawful and people”, he said.

Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor, had in a previous interview assured of protection of lives and property of the people.

Our Correspondent reports that the growth of human settlements and unbridled acquisition of land by feudal land-grabbers have become a manifest error for decades which authorities concerned are yet to handle.

MR JOSEPH OSAYI-IDUORIYEKEMWEN
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