By Sam Eyoboka
KINSMEN of alleged kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Ibruvwe, under the aegis of Kokori Progress Union, resident in Lagos, have appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan and Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to withdraw soldiers from the community to give room for the restoration of normal life and activities.
In a six-point communiqué signed by the general secretary, Pastor Felix Abijoroh, the association reaffirmed its confidence in the unity of the country and the peaceful co-existence of indigenes of Delta State, arguing that life has been brutish for residents of peace-loving Kokori in Delta State as a result of the calamity and violation of the rights of the people.
Lamenting the untold hardship men, women and children of the community had experienced since the mayhem in Kokori, as their citizens had fled the town and without any means of livelihood, the communiqué said the search for kidnappers has inflicted severe wounds on innocent indigenes, and “keeps our old men, women and children in perpetual fear, sorrow and anguish.
“The community life has been terminated: activities have been grounded, as the presence and continuous stay of soldiers in the community is doing more harm than good. Many innocent persons have lost their lives. Buildings have been unwattonly destroyed.”
Continuing, the association said the rights and privileges of their women had been grossly violated with attendant cases of rape.
“Essentially, we abhor the continuous desecration of our cultural artifacts which make our history.
“That our people can no longer sleep in their houses. Many have been displaced and rendered homeless with no abode to lay their heads. Our fathers and mothers have been forced to flee to neighboring communities and beyond. This is an unwholesome development and desecration of the rights of man,” they argued.
The communiqué also added that children could no longer go to school, adding that academic activities had been paralyzed with the loss of a full term. According to him, markets have remained closed, thus creating a situation of severe hunger, unease and possible deaths.
“As it is, many of our aged parents are dying of hunger in the community,” it added.