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Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom Urges Police To flush Out Criminals From Otulu-Ogwashi-Uku

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Members of the Ogwashi-Uku kingdom have rejected the protest organised Tuesday June 21, 2022 at the Government House Asaba, Delta State by the non-indigenes of Otulu Ogwashi-Uku community.

This is just as the kingdom has also called on the Delta State Police Command to intensify efforts in flushing out hoodlums from Otulu as well as apprehend one Francis Odiakose, who’s in hiding.

Stonix News reports that members of the Otulu community and others suspected to be hired besieged the Government House, Asaba, to protest what they termed ‘the rejection of the traditional ruler they selected for Otulu.’

It was gathered that the person, whom the community claimed they had selected as their Obi, is Francis Odiakose otherwise known as Francis Oduwanor.

Stonix News recalled that the Delta State Police Command had, last week, through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed that Mr Odiakose was on the run after being declared wanted (though not publicly) for proclaiming himself as king of Otulu community and alleged involvement in several communal clashes and breaches of law and order.

Since the news of his pending arrest was made public, it was gathered that Odiakose has gone under cover and is believed to be the person behind today’s (Tuesday) protest at the Government House.

Reacting to the protest, the Secretary to the Obi Traditional Council of Ogwashi-Uku, Chief Zeliwe Ojeogwu, said the kingdom has already rejected the protest, outright.

In a statement made available to Stonix News, Chief Ojeogwu appealed to the police to flush out suspected members of the outlawed Eastern Security Network (ESN) and IPOB who are allegedly using fleeing Odiakose and one Christopher Oduwanor to terrorise the entire area.

“The Ogwashi-Uku Community absolutely reject the fake, contrived, false, slanderous and baseless protest by non indigenous members of our Otulu Ogwashi-Uku community who went to protest at the government house Asaba today 21/06/2022.

“We are aware that the vast majority of the people who were brought to the protest were forced into the buses by Francis Odiakose (WHO IS WANTED BY THE POLICE) and his gang members at gun point or asked to pay N10,000 if they refused to go for the protest.

“The Delta State government has made it clear in writing in April 2022 that Otulu is part of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom and is under our Obi of Ogwashi-Uku HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II.

“As far as we are concerned, this issue has been settled. The gang members from the Eastern Security Network and IPOB who Francis Odiakose (aka) Francis Oduwanor and Christopher Oduwanor are using to terrorise the entire area should be brought to book by the Delta State Police command.

“While the constitution permits freedom of speech and protests, this has to be measured against giving wanted criminals permits to protest and an unnecessary platform.

“The police should intensify their effort to apprehend all those who have committed crimes so that they have their day in court and face justice.

“The Delta State Police command should not permit Otulu to remain a hiding place for criminals who use it as a staging ground for their activities throughout Delta North.

“Members of the Ogwashi-Uku community are urged to continue to be law-abiding.

“We, especially, urge our youth, who are particularly agitated with the actions and provocations by these people in Otulu not to take the laws into their hands.

“To deal with injustice is sometimes a long process, but we want each and everyone not to short circuit the process.

“Ogwashi-Uku was the headquarters of the old Asaba Division and is an important part of the state.

“We commend efforts by the State Government who have made it clear that they will not condone any criminality or breach of peace.

“The ball is squarely in the hands of the Police and we hope they will rise to the challenge before Otulu becomes another boko haram domain,” the statement reads in part.

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