Edo State Government called for Peace among residents of Iguelaba Community in Orhionmwon Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State over the communal clashes that resulted to the lost of lives in the community.
Addressing the protesters that block the major road axis leading to the community, by the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, pleaded with members of the community to remain calm, and not to take law into their hand, stressing that meeting has been scheduled for next week to be attended by representatives from the community and relevant authorities in other to fine everlasting solution to the frequent attacks on the community.
Osemwegie-Ero said, “The governor is not happy with the situation and he is concerned about your pains. The reported killings, barring people from going to their farms and attack on women is totally unacceptable. We will continue to apply diplomacy in dealing with the issues. I am sure they will come around.”
A spokesperson for the community, Mr Vasco Ogie, called on the state government to come to their aid over the activities of these bad elements that cause havoc to their community, he noted it was 4 years ago the attack begins.
Narrating the incident, He said four non-indigenes residing in the community, three males and one female, were eliminated by the attackers in the last two weeks.
“We did not plant this year because we are scared of being attacked and our crops destroyed. We have reported the issue to the Police and the state government.”
Ogie listed other communities which were faced with the same attack, the communities listed include Oben, Ikobi, Obozogbe-Nugu, Umughunmwun-Nokhun and Ugbakele.
The spokesman for the Elders Council in Iguelaba Community, John Odia, said they want the state government to come to their aid.