Niger Delta activist, Mulade, sympathieses with victims, calls for dialogue to resolve grievances
A Niger-Delta human rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has condemned the attack of Ugboegungun community Excravos river, in Warri South-west local government area of Delta state by suspected hoodlums.
Suspected hoodlums attacked the community on Thursday as a result of alleged misunderstanding between rival factions in the community, leading to the hospitalization of the community youth chairman, Mr.Destiny Ododo, while many others sustained severe injuries.
According to Bigpen online, the invaders were said to have stormed the community at dusk injuring many including the youth chairman, Destiny Ododo. The attack is coming following the unabated factional crisis in the community.
Source said the invaders shot sporadically as they stormed the community through the bush path after they were earlier repealed by a deployment of soldiers.
Local sources disclosed the rampaging youths had earlier in the day attempted to invade the community but where stopped by the military operatives at Arunton who wade them off.
The heavily armed invading group, however, took another route, hid in the bush till it was dark enough to access the serene community and launch their attacks that saw many youths injured, the source said.
Among those injured was the youth chairman who is currently lying in critical condition at Cyracus Hospital after first aid treatment in Escravos. Several indigenes of the community are said to have scampered into the bush fwhen the invaders came.
In his reaction,the House of Assembly hopeful, Comrade Mulade, said: “For peace and sustainable development to thrive in our communities,we should apply dialogue and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approach to settle dispute without resorting to violence and destruction of lives and property.
“I therefore urge the warring factions in Ugboegungun community to sheathe their swords and apply dialogue as the best approach to resolve dispute whenever the need arises.”
While sympathising with those who sustained severe injures, Comrade Mulade, who is also environmental activist, equally called on the Delta state government and the security agencies to immediately intervene on the matter in order to restore peace and sanity in the troubled Ugboegungun community.