By Emma Arubi
WARRI—SAPELE Itsekiri Community Youth Association, SICYA, has charged Okpe leaders in Okirighwre community to look inward for the killer of one of their sons and leave an Itsekiri youth leader, Mr. Michael Diden alone in the unfortunate matter.
SICYA also described the 72-hours ultimatum issued to Mr. Diden to produce one Mr. Lucky Tetebe as unwarranted, baseless, provocative and an attempt to blackmail the Itsekiri.
SICYA in a statement by its president, Mr. Omolubi Newuwumi, in his reaction to a recent Vanguard publication, said that all the kingpins or actors in the Okirighwre lingering crisis were at one time or the other, Chairmen of the Okirighwre motor park, which he said appeared to be their “Chevron”, noting that persistent power tussle and supremacy battle had always been the bane of the community in the past 18 years.
According to the Itsekiri youth leader, Okirighwre community have lost over twenty promising Okpe youths in these fruitless fight, adding that while these killings took place with gross disregard for law and order, “the community elders either took to flight or watched with arms akimbo helplessly from safe distance as the youths hack themselves down with dangerous weapons in broad day light”.
Mr. Omolubi who listed three ex_motor park Okpe Chairmen as haven fallen due to power tussle also asked the Okirigwhre community to find out who recently attacked the said missing Lucky Tetebe, an ex_ motor park Chairman in broad day light in Sapele, stating that the current gladiators in Okirighwre are offshoot of the two power camps that control the live_wire of the community and are known to the Okpe Leaders/Elders in Okirighwre/Amukpe.
He therefore appealed to the Okpe leaders/elders to look inwards for the alleged killers of Lucky Tetebe and leave Mr. Michael Diden alone just as he called on them to find a lasting peace to the perennial problem before it engulf everyone and further ruin Sapele town economically and socially.