Oshimili North LG, Ibusa Youth, Others Move to Curtail Insecurity in the Area
– Emeka Esogbue
The Chairman, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon Louis Ndukwe has issued an order to all residents and natives alike to vacate illegal structures and illegal camps wthin the Oshimili North LGA.
The Chairman, in a brief circular released and circulated on the social media gave the order yesterday, warning that failure to do so within seven days of the release of what he described as “Executive Order II” would compel the Government at the local level to take action against defaulters.
The notice read in part, “be informed that due to the security challenges we recently face as a Local government and the urgency of the need to rid our area of all secret hideouts where criminals use as safe heavens, we herewith communicate that you vacate, advise others considered your wards within our LGA to move and take up rents with our people, live with our people, or build permanent structure that shall be registered and owned by you, your proxies or wards like every other Nigerian who live and do business in our LGA”.
“Take note that after seven working days of this notice, all camps and unapproved structures in our LGA shall be totally declared illegal and destroyed. Recourse shall only be given to structures approved by the Oshimili North Local Government and the Delta State Government”.
The notice is binding on Akwukwu lgbo, Ibusa, Okpanam, Illah, Even, Ukala, Ugbolu, Atuma and Aninwalo, communities geographically classified as lying within the Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
In another related development, the Ibusa Youth Council has called on residents of the Ibusa community to be calm and support the youth body as they complement efforts of security agents in ushering return of peace in the community. This was contained in a statement signed by its President, Sir Afred Isoh and made public yesterday, May 20, 2020.
The community’s youth body took the position of proscription of rearing of animals in the community while calling on inhabitants to cooperate.
“For now, there will be no rearing of cow, sheep, goat or cattle in Ibusa. We are appealing to our big brothers and sisters who are in this business to build a ranch or possibly keep them in their houses. We call on the Obuzo, ICDU PG, our Distinguished Senator, our House of Assembly member, our Local Government Chairman and everyone in position of authority to please speak out on this…”
The Oshimili North LGA and other neighbouring communities have in recent times been facing security challenges in the hand of gun men suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen. Cases of abduction have been high in the area with accompaning killings. A Celestial Church of God clergy was reportedly gunned down in Ibusa while Obiechie Nwabuoku, band member of a notable traditional musician from the area was also killed in a circumstance believed by the community indigene to be related to case of security breakdown.
Other security agencies have also swung into action to curtail the challenges.