UGBORODO CRISIS: Former Chairman calls for truce

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By Akpokona Omafuaire

WARRI — FORMER Chairman, Ugborodo Community Trust, Pa Sandys Omadeli-Ovu, has called for truce in the ongoing crisis in the oil-rich Ugborodo, in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, in which the actual number of casualties is yet to be ascertain, with scores injured.

Omadeli-Ovu, in Warri, yesterday, noted that the warring factions were kettle and pot, fighting for personal interests.

He called on the state government to call both parties to a roundtable, just as he kicked against deployment of troops to overwhelmed the peaceful town.

Omadeli-Ovu said: “I call on both parties to cease fire. They should know that development cannot come during war. What they are fighting for is personal interest, so, they should spare the citizens this unwarranted battle.

“No group is better than the other, they are kettle calling pot black. They do not have the interest of the community at heart, but their personal ambitions and goals only. I am against deployment of troops because it will not solve the problem. Even when two countries are at war, they still come to a roundtable and discuss peace. The government should call both parties to a meeting to discuss peace.”

Omadeli-Ovu promised to open the can of worms on the genesis of the crisis, which had plagued the community.

He noted that if certain resolutions taken in the past were implemented, the community would not have been going through the current crisis.

He appealed to parties to embrace peace as the tenure of the current leadership would elapse by August this year.

Vanguard gathered that the corpse of a victim, identified as Afejuku Oritseneye, was brought to Warri on Sunday night along with some injured victims, who were admitted at a hospital in the town.

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