By Ndu Samuel
The Ijaw People’s Initiative (IPDI) have decried the increased wave of cultism related activities in Sapele and it’s neigbouring Amukpe town in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
The group through a released signed by it’s acting Secretary Comr Emmanuel Keneware and obtained by The Liberator Newspaper on Friday accused the state government, the police and the Sapele local government area chairman of failing in their constitutional responsibility of securing the people.
Keneware lamented that “It has become a great concern that Sapele has been abandoned by the governor of Delta State, His Excellency senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Sapele Local Government chairman Mr. Eugene Inoaghan and the Nigerian police over the increased waves of cultism in the ancient city of Sapele “.
He said “Sapele is turning into a banana republic. The residents’ lives are in danger. The madness of cult banditry in Sapele is a threat to the peaceful co-existence of Sapele Local Government Area as residents have been attacked frequently and randomly. Girls are being raped and people , including market women are dispossessed of their valuables. It is sad that non of the cult members have been arrested and prosecuted.
The IPDI acting scribe maintained that “Okowa has failed Sapele residents” saying “it is a pity that part of his empire is ruled by cult bandits. Sapele has fallen into the hands of cult bandits and despite the huge security vote accruing to the state Governor’s private coffers, he could not address security challenges in Sapele. Except Okowa is telling us that Sapele and Amukpe are not part of Delta State where he governs. Okowa should wake up from his slumber and save Sapele residents from daily cult invasions.”. IPDI stated.
While taking a swipe at the Sapele Local Government chairman Mr. Eugene Inoaghan he said he has also failed the people as well, because his inability “to take appropriate measures to dislodge cult groups in Sapele were the reason why cult groups have taken over Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.
“He should shamefully resign. He lacks experience to preside over Sapele residents as Local Government chairman. He is displaying ignorance and incompetency about governance. He doesn’t care about the security challenge of Sapele residents. Despite Sapele residents are being attacked daily by marauding cult bandits, he is not worried about it.” He said.
He also berated the Nigerian police for failing in their duty to secure life and properties by allowing criminal elements and cult related criminality to thrive in Sapele and it’s environs.
He said “Its disgusting that Nigerian police who ought have protect lives and properties is now more interested on bribe collection. The police is aiding and abetting crime in Sapele. Nigeria police force has failed Sapele residents as well.
“It is a shame that collection of bribe has turned a normal norm among police force in Delta State. The force has turned very indisciplined. And should be scrapped. If the police can fight cultism, the way it fought Yahoo boys, cultism will be eliminated from Delta soceity. The faillure of the police could be attributed to the increased cult clashes in Sapele and Amukpe in the recent times.”
He however commended the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on security matters Comr. Ezekiel Daniel for his giant strides in ensuring peace and security of lives in the state and urged him to replicate the good work he did in Ovwian in Sapele.
He said “We urge Comrade Daniel Ezekiel, senior special assistant to the Governor on Security matters to rise to the occasion as well and replicate his good works he did in Ovwian community when cult bandits took seige in the community. He should help to charge relevant security authorities in the area to rise up to their responsibility to ensure lives and properties protected.”
“We however call on well-meaning Deltans and civil society groups in the state to prevail on His Excellency senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Commissioner of Police, Chief Boro Opudu, chairman Delta water/land security committee and Sapele Council chairman to wake up to their responsibilities of restoring peace, law and order in Sapele once again.” He added.