BY Emma Arubi
WARRI—GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has described the recent attacks on some Itsekiri communities in the Benin River axis of Delta State, as very unfortunate and charged the people to maintain the peace and put the sad incident behind them.
Uduaghan, while inspecting some of the affected communities in Warri North Local Government Area, said: “The state government is interested in the cause of the fresh crisis with a view to finding a permanent solution to same.”
The governor, who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ovuozorie Macaulay, said: “We will not pretend over what happened. The incident is an unfortunate one. We never expected it to happen again after what we went through a few years ago.”
Uduaghan, who visited Eghoro, Obaghoro, Gbokoda and Tebu also said that the government would look into the immediate and long term solutions to the crisis.
He said: “We will do everything to restore damaged property, including the buildings razed down. A lot has been put in place to ensure safety of all in the affected communities and be rest assured that you are protected now more than ever before.”
Chairman of Itsekiri Oil and Gas Producing Impacted Communities Development Committee, IRDC, Chief Emami Ayairimi, said: “What happened is ungodly and unfortunate. IRDC will support government in the rebuilding of the affected communities.
“We will do everything to assist government in our little way. I want to tell my Itsekiri brothers and sisters that they should continue to live in peace with the Ijaw in our midst as they are our brothers and sisters. There is no need to ask the Ijaw to move out of our communities.”