Protesters In Delta Accuse Military Personnel Of Intimidation, Invasion Of Their CommunityLatest News, News Monday, April 4th, 2016
By IGNATIUS OKPARA, Asaba
BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The people of Enerhen community in Uvwie council Area of Delta State have embarked on a peaceful protest over what they termed harassment and alleged victimisation by military men.
They took to the streets weekend,and condemned the alleged attempt on the life of Chairman of the community, Comrade Lucky Emuakpor-Izeku, who they claimed narrowly escaped death after an encounter with a Navy personnel and some soldiers.
The protesters, made up of women, youths and leaders of the area, had during the protest, marched to the office of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Warri Correspondents’ Chapel, where they narrated how the unnamed security personnel attempted to kill Emuakpor-Izeku.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the security men, the victim, accused the military personnel of harassment and intimidation.
He said that he was attacked when he approached the management of Arco-Marine Limited for the benefit of indigenes working in the company.
Commenting on the issue on behalf of the women, one of the protesters, Mrs. Mary Owolo alleged that Naval and Army personnel on guard duty at Arco-Marine Limited and Python Engineering and Construction Company allegedly shot at the chairman of the community for daring to challenge the company.
She however, called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, and the military Authorities to as a matter of urgency investigate the matter, pointing out that the people of the community are peaceful and law-abiding.
Reaction to the allegation, the Commander, Nigerian Army 3 Battalion Effurun, Warri, Major Azaku, said that “No Army Officer was on guard duty at Ako-Marine Limited.
He denied the involvement of the Nigerian Army in the alleged invasion of the community.
Hear him: “I can go to any length to fish out those who are involved in the act if they can point the soldiers to me,” the Major declared.
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