Mr Ebi Tontimi, a notable Ijaw youth leader was involved in a violent attack which occurred in Ogbe-Ijoh-Isaba community in Warri South West local government area of Delta state by youths from Aladja, a neighbouring Urhobo community on Thursday 16th November. the youths from Aladja beheaded Mr Ebi Tontimi while many were injured.
The Niger Delta Ex-Agitators’ for Peace Organization (NDEPO) has called on the Delta state governor, Arthur Okowa Ifeanyi to come to the rescue of the communities to avoid more of such dastarded acts, adding that the killings are uncalled for and such aids in panting the state government and the communities with black colour.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, the Country Coordinator of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators for Peace Organization, Comrade Ambassador George Sinclair expressed worry that such unwarranted and senseless killings in the local government area, speaks volume of the high level insecurity in the state, particularly in Warri South West local government area, saying that if the ugly trend is allowed to continue without meaningful and visible government’s intervention, the insecurity level will keep meaningful investors away from investing in the communities.
He therefore called on the stakeholders and the state governor to immediately set a judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the remote cause of the unprovoked invasion of the community to quickly stop the killings and resolve the crisis, lamenting that it was appalling to hear of a neighboring community invading a sister community to the point of even beheading an enterprising young man in broad daylight.
The ex-leader who described the incident as an unexpected attack on the collective sensibilities of the people blamed the Delta state government for its insensitivity over the protracted inter-community crisis that has been going on for a while without any noticeable intervention from either the state governor or the Delta State House of Assembly.