By Ndu Samuel
Apex Ijaw youth body, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has called on the federal and state governments to hold the security agencies responsible when the ancestors of Ijaw land visits to revenge the death of slain Ogbe-ijoh youth, Taylor Agofugha.
The youth body through a press release signed by the Executuve Chairman of IYC Ogbe-Ijoh clan Engr.Okosu Smart and issued penultimate week, a copy of which was obtained by The Liberator Newspaper noted that the gods of Ijaw land are angry over the killing of their son and are very much prepared to cause untold sorrow to everyone involved in the killing.
Smart maintained that the inevitable revenge is necessitated by the nonchalant attitude of the security agencies to fish out the killers with a view of bringing them to justice.
The Chairman, while lamenting on the killing emphasised that it is a taboo for a son of the soil to be murdered in his own land by enemies, yet security agencies are trivialising such a sensitive issue, ”The gods of Ijaw land are not fools and not happy, they will revenge” he boasted.
While giving insight into the genesis of the crises between the Ogbe-Ijoh community of Warri South West Local government and their Aladja neighbours of Udu Local Government Area all in Delta state, he said, ”Permit me to set the story straight for record purpose, 22 October 2018, was the last bloody gun battle between Ogbe-Ijoh in warri south west and Aladja in Udu LGA both in Delta state.”
”Since then, several security peace meetings and peace accords signed by both parties to continued the relative peace in the area was conducted by the State government through security agencies”
”The last security meeting was 29/8/2019 which was presided by Army C.O and other security agencies too many to mention at Biland hotel Warri city, ably attended by both communities leaders just because of an information reaching them that, Aladja was preparing to attack the Ogbe-ijoh community which they (aladja) denied, that faithful day.”
” It was just two(2) months interval after signing such peace agreement with terms and conditions, Aladja community youths secretly advanced to Ogbe-ijoh community behind the secretariat and shot down Hon.Taylor Williams Ogofugha at his resident and disclosed to security agents that they were responsible for the killing, and security promise to bring them to book the next day , but till now nothing has happened.”
” Where are the Army and Navy C.O’s, Captains, AC Burutu, DPO WSW and UDU LGA’s and other security agencies who are giving false security hope, and assurances to the Ogbe-Ijoh youths & leaders to maintain peace and conducting illegal security meetings that they couldn’t implement any of its terms and conditions to those (Aladja community) who violated laws.” He asked.
He therefore ”called on the federal and Delta State Government to hold the above mentioned Security agents responsible, if in case, the gods of Ijaw land curse havoc to the enemies camp and revenge the death of their son Hon.Taylor Ogofugha William over their nonchalant attitudes for implementing laws and order.”
Recall that slain Taylor was murdered in cold blood months ago during a communal clash that erupted between the Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities, several assurances were given by the security agencies that the killers will be made to face the music but they are yet to fufil the promise