By Akpokona Omafuaire, Warri
REPRIEVE came Thursday the way of Survivors and internally displaced indigenes of Ayakoromor community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State as the former Information Minister and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark donated cash and food items worth over half a million Naira.
Former Commissioner during James Ibori’s tenure, Chief Bradus Angozi, also an aspirant used the avenue to condemn the Joint Task Force, JTF, assault which sacked the unarmed civilian from their home and therefore urged the Federal Government to set up a palliative for the victims.
The victims who had taken over the Warri residence of Chief Clark as temporary shelter since the humanitarian crisis by the JTF had during the week protested of hunger, lack of sanitary support and medical care.
The items included bags of garri, rice, bean, yam, plantain, a live cow and cash donation; all totalled about five hundred thousand naira.
Clark who was represented by the leader of the Chairman of the Delta State Elder, Leaders and Stakeholders Forum, Chief Godwin Ogbetuo, said the gesture by the south-south leader was to assuage the suffering of his kinsmen that had been traumatized by JTF onslaught.
The Chairman of Delta Elders forum while handing over the items said they were given on behalf of Clark who is unavoidably absent as palliative for the suffering victims of the crisis.
He described the onslaught by the JTF as an act of God saying “nobody planned for it either did they call for it. They just wake up and saw it happening so it is an act of God.”
Ogbetuo however called on renegade militant ‘kingpin’ John Togo to sheath his sword and embrace the Federal Government amnesty so that his kinsmen would have peace of mind.
“If you are a biblical student, you know that it was because of only one man that the world was saved, also that because of one man the world could also be destroy so we are praying that we don’t have a sinner among the saints so that they don’t bear the consequence of that sinner. So we are now appealing to both parts to take the incident as an act of God.”
He also called on well meaning Nigerians, the member representing the area in the state and National Assembly to come to the aid of the victims.
Meanwhile, a People Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in the state, Prof Saliba Mokoro has called on the government to expedite action to assuage the suffering of the displaced persons