The Urhobo development and unity forum (UDUF) after an emergency meeting yesterday evening in view of the incident that occurred on Saturday 15th July, 2017 in which one of their sons, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo Agege, during his empowerment program in Uvwie local government area narrowly escaped assassination by hoodlums wish to state as follows:
‘That the entire Urhobo nationality condemn in very strong terms the assassination attempt on the life of our son, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo Agege.senator representing Delta central and the good people of Urhobo nation
That this event provokes a bitter reminder of the events of our recent past that led to the harassment and attempted assassination of our President general and other Urhobo sons and daughters who where on a peaceful rally in Asaba to protest the killings of Deltans especially the Urhobo nation by Violent Fulani herdsmen by alleged thugs of the Delta state government.
‘That the urhobo people will not stand by and watch a repeat of such dastardly actions that threaten the life of an illustrious son of urhobo nation
That political motivated attacks are anti democratic,barbaric,outdated and should never be allowed in Delta state and any part of Nigeria by both state and federal government.
‘ We remind the Delta state government and indeed the wider world that the occupation of the office of the Governor of Delta state, is the product of the urhobo struggle and goodwill and as such the Governor as the chief security officer of the state must rise up to stem the ever rising spate of insecurity in the state and ensure the safety of lives and property of its citizenry
‘We join the call by Urhobo nation and other well meaning Nigerians to condemn the persistent acts of impunity perpetrated by political thugs in the state on the Urhobo people and leaders, and ask for the immediate condemnation by the state government and also ensure disciplinary measures against the perpetrators of this dastardly act to serve as deterrent to other premeditated attack on the distinguish Senator Ovie Omo Agege and other peace loving Urhobo sons and daughters that are engage on lawful activities in future.
That the constant attack and act of impunity on perceived political opponent is a dangerous trend and a threat to our emerging democracy.
That we also call on the Inspector general of police to wade into the matter with a view of bringing the culprits and their sponsors to book to avoid further bloodshed in the state as peace is not the absence of violence but the presence of Justice
‘That we demand an immediate investigation into the events leading to the near assassination of Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo Agege by the Nigerian police in collaboration with the Delta state government to forestall future occurrence
‘ It is important to bring to the attention of allies of acts of impunity in Delta State that if government cannot guarantee our safety in and out of our territories In the State, the urhobo nation may henceforth declare all such persons and culprits of violence against the Urhobo nation persona non-grata in their territory
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