By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”A deposed youth leader (names withheld), at Mosogar community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State stormed the town penultimate Sunday with gunmen, brutalized and chased away the present youth leader, Mr. Oki Eboigbe, and some of his key supporters from the town.
Vanguard learnt that the rampaging ex-youth leader was arrested with guns and other dangerous weapons by the military in 2008 but later released.
The victim, Mr. Eboigbe, who was rushed to Salvation Clinic,Â Sapele, where he is recuperating from injuries inflicted on him and a deep cut on his left hand, said he was in the church last Sunday for the dedication ceremony of his new born baby when he got a tip-off to run for his life.
He said he immediately left the church for his house only to be accosted by the ex-youth leader, who laid ambush for him with some boys with all kinds of dangerous weapons.
â€œImmediately they saw me, they attacked me and destroyed my SUV car, which was in the house,â€ Oki said, adding that he was bundled in an unconscious state to the house of a chairman in the area, where he was left to die until the vigilante leader in the area intervened.
He said the ex-youth leader was ousted because of his highhandedness,Â sit-tight syndrome, insubordination to the leadership of the traditional stool, lack of respect and disloyalty to constituted authority other than the political class, criminal tendencies, and autocratic leadership, as well as complete neglect to other members of his executives, which made them to protest his removal with placards and â€œit was last month that the entire community unanimously adopted me as their new leaderâ€.
A source said the Ovie of Mosogar, Udurhie 1, JP had before now tried toÂ to settle the matter amicably by inviting the Delta State Police Commissioner and other stake holders in the community,Â yet,Â those opposed to the leadership of the Ovie never turned up for such meetings.
The monarch has reportedly appealed for calm while the police at Jesse Divisional Police Station have launched a manhunt for the fleeing ex-youth leader.