Tension as Delta community protest Arrest of President, shutdown market
By Gabriel Elozino, Asaba
There is palpable tension in the ever-troubled Iwhreko community, in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State over the arrest of the Acting President of the community, Engr David Omotor by security agents.
According to Sources in the community, Engr David Omotor was arrested at about 7:45 am at Isodje junction area in Oteri-Ughelli where he had gone to drop off his wife at her shop at about 7:45 am on Friday.
The protester disrupted commercial activities at the Ughelli Main Market for hours by blocking all routes to the market, condemned the manner of his arrest and demanded his unconditional release.
Narrating what allegedly transpired to newsmen, the PRO of the community, Mr Ejomafuvwe Emariavworhe said, “I got a distress call that our president general, Engr David Omotor is being kidnapped by unknown men in mufti and was bundled into an unregistered vehicle after he was brutally manhandled and beaten to stupor.
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“We are not happy about the incident and that is why we barricaded the road and shut down the market in protest for our PG to be released.”
It would be recalled that the Otor-Iwhreko community has been restive in recent weeks over leadership tussle which resulted in multiple arrests and court cases.
When contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright said, “He was arrested by operatives from zone 5 and not kidnapped, stressing that nobody is above the law.
“The people have been talked to and the area is calm, If they have any issue, they should get their lawyers and go to zone 5 and sort themselves out, the area is calm now,” he stated.
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