NO fewer than ten persons have been arrested and are presently undergoing interrogation following the bloody mayhem that occured recently at Ika North East Local Government Council headquarters at Owa Oyibu, Delta State in which part of the complex was torched.
Although as at the time of this report, it was not clear if any of the warring councillors fingered to have masterminded the invasion was picked up.
Contacted, spokesman of the state police command, Mr. Josephat Nwoye while confirming investigation into the crisis merely told Vanguard that “mayhem at Owa-Oyibu case is under investigation, please.”
The violence, according to Vanguard’s investigation was believed to have been masterminded by some councillors said to be on collision course with the chairman of the council, Mr. Smart Buzugbe, whom they accused of marginalisation.
Over fifty thugs armed with dangerous weapons were reported to have stormed the council secretariat and unleashed terror penultimate Friday. They succeeded in sacking the workers while some property of the council were destroyed and the building could have been completely razed if not for the timely intervention by sympathisers. However, a set of new furniture purchased for use at the legislative building was gutted by fire before any help could be rendered.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Ndokwa East council, Mrs. Mary Chidi has been given up to today (Tuesday) to comply with the earlier order handed down to her by the Delta state House of Assembly over a similar crisis in Ndokwa East.
Member representing Ndokwa East constituency in the state assembly, Dr. Olisa Imegwu had during the sitting of the house last week moved a motion calling that Mrs Chidi be asked “to explain why she has disregarded the House directive not to harass council staff/elected councillors with soldiers, and why the agreement reached with her, the state PDP and the party leaders from the LGA as a settlement for the two Houses inaugurated in the council has been disregarded.”
The motion was unanimously passed and the Clerk of the House, Mr. Jacob Iyamu was therefore directed to communicate to her in writing to comply without fail the order of the House and to also give evidence of compliance by the next sitting of the house which comes up today (Tuesday).