OWA ALERO UNDER FIRE

 

Residents of
Owa-Alero community in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, on
Thursday morning, 2nd May, 2013 ran for their dear lives following the sporadic
shootings by some groups of cultists who invaded the community.

                The ugly incident made the
residents to immediately alert the soldiers under the command of Captain M.
Ibrahim. The army officer while fielding question from newsmen said that he
received a distressed call  that cultists
were fighting at Owa-Alero. According to him “I went to the area with some of
my men, but on sighting us the cult boys ran 
away.”

                Captain Ibrahim stated that they
made no arrest initially, but when they went back in the evening, five members
of the cult groups were arrested while others escaped.

                He said “Black Axe cult members
were in gun battle with the Eyie confraternity cult, thus threatening the lives
of people in Owa- Alero community.” He maintained that the possession of fire
arms without license is a crime against the state. The army commandant concluded
that he will not rest until cultism is eradicated in Ika land. “Government is
against anybody in possession of firearms illegally and anyone caught will face
the wrath of the law, he said.

                In their separate interviews,
the suspected cultists, Uzoma Ukpaka, Mafele Ifeanyi, Onyeoghani Abiri Okoro,
Happy Udor and Collins David regretted their involvement in cultism. The
suspects have since been handed over to Owa-Oyibu Police Division. meanwhile,

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Two suspected
cultists in Boji-Boji metropolis were shot dead on Wednesday, 8th May, 2013
about 10pm at Alisimie, following the exchange of gunfire with the soldiers in
Ika land.

                In an interview with Ika Weekly
correspondent, the commanding officer in 
charge of soldiers deployed to Asaba and Ika nation, Major A.C Nlemedion
said that the activities of cultists in Ika land has become a worrisome
situation to the peace of the area.

                According to him, “unlawful
possession of firearms is an offence.

                Major Nlemadion disclosed that
the group of cultists on sighting their patrol van from their hideout at
Alisimie in Agbor opened fire on  them
saying that the exchanged of gunfire led to the death of  two of the unknown cultists.

                He however frowned at
involvement of youths in cultism.

   The army officer stated that, soldiers in
the area are fully prepared to curb crime in the society, just as he advised
law breakers to desist from crime as Ika land is no longer safe for  them.

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                Major Nlemadion concluded by
calling on peace loving people of  Ika nation
to be free from criminalities and support the security agents in the area by
informing them  of any criminal hideout
in their area.

                He disclosed that  items recovered from the hoodlums included
locally made pistol, three cartridges, of AK47 riffle and magazine.

                As at the time of filing this
report, the corpses  of the suspected
cultists have been deposited at the Agbor police. In another development,

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Cultists in   Owa- Alero Community, in Ika North East  Local Government Area of Delta State have
been given seven days ultimatum to renounce cultism or be handed over to the
army. The warning was given on Thursday, 9th May, 2013,  during an enlarged meeting in different
quarters of the community at Owa Alero, chairman of the committee set up by the
community leaders to address the issue of cultism since Owa-Alero has turned a
culist hide out, Hon Ifeanyi Egboigbe advised 
the youths to renounce from cultism and summit their arms or face the
wrath of the law 

                Speaking in the same vein, Mr.
Dada Uwazukwe said the meeting was summoned 
because of  security challenge
that faced the community in the last few days

                He therefore advised the
youths  not to tarnish the image of the
community  stressing that any youth
caught after the expiration of the seven days ultimatum will be handed over to
the security agencies in Ika land 
applauded the efforts of the leaders to make Owa-Alero a cult free
community

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