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Omo-Agege condemns Isoko killings, calls for peace



Ovie Omo-Agege

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has condemned the killing of nine persons, including a child, in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The two communities involved in the renewed hostilities in the state are in Isoko South and Isoko North local government area councils of the state.
Omo-Agege, in a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, expressed shock and sadness over the ugly incident, adding that the  situation demands urgent and pragmatic efforts to prevent further bloodletting.

According to him, “respected political, traditional, religious, women and youth leaders within and without Isoko need to preach restraint, de-escalate the situation and help to quickly restore genuine peace to the land.”

He said it is by divine order that Isoko and Urhobo are historical good neighbours with strong filial, marital and lingual affinities, pointing out that “whatever touches Isoko touches Urhobo, and vice versa.”

The deputy senate president added that he’s genuinely concerned about the reported killings and bloody violence, and is ready to do whatever that is necessary for peace to reign.

He also recognised the all-important duty of the state government to maintain internal security and therefore called Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his team, to work diligently to ensure that acts that are capable of leading to more bloodshed or violence are responsibly, urgently and sustainably curtailed.

“There is no alternative to peace. Where there are perceived injustices or wrongs, lawful processes should be followed. Isoko’s unity and progress are on trial and it is the duty of all responsible leaders and stakeholders to ensure these common interests are not sacrificed on the altars of violent reprisals and in-fighting.

“Let all persons involved in this matter cooperate with both the Local and State governments as well as relevant federal authorities to restore and maintain the peace in Isoko,” he said.

Omo-Agege expressed his readiness to engage with Senator James Manager representing Delta South Senatorial District and other leaders on the  matter for the overall good of the  people.

In the meantime, he has directed his Senior Special Assistant on Security Matters, Col. Melvin Usman (rtd), to immediately liaise with relevant authorities and stakeholders on the de-escalation of the situation.

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