By Emma Amaize
WARRI—Three youths were reportedly injured in a clash with security agents in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, following protest over bad condition of roads in the area and non appointment of an Udu indigene into the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
The protesting youths barricaded the popular Udu Road, leading to traffic jam. They also shut oil installations in the area, but security agents challenged them for taking the laws into their hands. About 10 of the protesters were arrested and several motorcycles impounded by the police.
A source told Vanguard that more than three youths were lying critically ill in hospitals following injuries sustained in clashes with security operatives drafted to maintain the peace.
Chairman of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Youth Wing in Udu, Mr. Sunday Subi, said Udu people were angry because of the criminal neglect of their area by successive governments.
He said: “Since inception, no Udu person had been appointed into the board of DESOPADEC. This is a proof that Udu has no stake in the commission, yet we have oil and gas being extracted daily from our land.
“The Udu Road has completely failed. The roads to Emadadja as well as the one to Oghior through Ukpiovwin are bad. What have we done to be so criminally neglected? This protest will continue until the government heeds to our cry.
Spokesman of the Union of Udu Communities, Mr. John Magba, said Udu had been neglected over the years and that government must be told that Udu people are angry.
President General of the union, Chief Steve Sokoh, however, appealled for calm among the youths, assuring that government will listen to their grievances.