By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”COMMANDER of the Joint Task Force (JTF), code-named Operation Restore Hope, yesterday warned those causing violence and destroying other peoplesâ€™ properties in Ugbuwangue community in Warri South local government area of Delta State to desist immediately or face dire consequences.
Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has directed Delta State Police Commissioner to investigate the case of threat to life, malicious damage, assault occasioning harm and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace in Ugbuwangue community.
Giving the warning at the Headquarters of the JTF in Warri, Maj-Gen. Sarkin Yakin Bello, said he had been following the unpleasant happenings in the troubled community and warned that the JTF would not hesitate to deal decisively with and arrest anyone that breached the peace in the town no matter how highly placed.
Addressing the feuding community elders, women and youth groups, Maj. Gen. Bello said â€œwe are here to maintain the peace. If we have to kill you to achieve it, we shall not hesitate to do so. â€œIf have we have to shoot you to get peace, we shall do it.
If you cause trouble by way of burning any bodyâ€™s property or causing bodily harm to anyone, we shall go after you.
We want peace and urge you to go back home and keep the peaceâ€. The IGP order followed a petition to investigate violent attack on some indigenes of the community by one Agindotan Yonwuren and nine others in which several persons where injured, cars destroyed and houses vandalized, with the police doing nothing to apprehend the culprits in spite of formal reports lodged at the station.
The letter with ref: no. CB: 7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.336/362 DATED September 14, and signed by Assistant Commissioner Police Greg F. Esele, a principal staff officer 111 to the IGP, also directed Delta state police Commissioner to ensure that there was no breach of the peace in the area.
Speaking to Vanguard on the issue, the Igba of Warri Kingdom, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, said they were anxiously awaiting the state police boss to commence investigation into the violence.