War is not far from Delta people as the Ighele-Urhobo (Youth Wing of Urhobo) Udu Local Government Chapter today gave all Ijaw indigenes resident in Udu land fourteen days to vacate their land including, Aladja community.
The ultimatum is based on the recent attacks by the Ogbe-Ijoh and Isaba communities where some persons were killed with others still being held hostage.
Chairman of Ighele-Urhobo in Udu, Comrade Sunday Subi handed down the ultimatum to the Ijaws on behalf of Urhobo youths at Aladja when the President General Of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU WorldWide stormed Aladja community for on-the-spot assessment of the troubled Aladja Community.
Comrade Subi reiterated that the brewing communal war between Aladja and Isaba /Ogbe-Ijoh communities concerns even Udu and the entire Urhobo nation.
He warned that within the fourteen-day ultimatum, the Ijaws should release all kidnapped Urhobo indigenes just as he called on Urhobo sons and daughters in Ijawland to return back home.
In his words, “Urhobo and Udu are ready to fight for Aladja. Pass this message to Aladja people. Okowa act now or Udu shall act. We give
all Ijaws within Udu land 14 days to leave our land. The youths will go round announcing that soon. Ijaws must release those kidnapped and Urhobos in Ijaw land should come back home.”
Comrade Subi stated that the call became necessary with the “unending killings and kidnappings of Urhobo people by the Ijaws.”
He noted that the Ijaws were planning to conquer Urhobo land especially Aladja community, stressing that, “The Urhobos will not tolerate that anymore.”
Comrade Subi also called on the Delta State Governmor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa to call the Chairman of Delta State Water Ways Security, Mr, Boro Opudu to order accusing him of fueling the crisis in the area.
President General of Urhobo Progress Union,UPU WorldWide, Chief Joe Omene stated that the Urhobo nation was ready to stand for Aladja
Chief Omene expressed sadness over the manner Urhobo politicians handle the case of Aladja community saying, “The Politicians in Urhobo land have not shown concern to Aladja plights. The Cause of Urhobo’s laziness is because politicians have abandoned their people. Up till today, no Urhobo politician has called me to ask about the case of Aladja. I am not happy with your attitude.”
Chief Omene called on Urhobo sons and daughters to come to the aid of Aladja community just as he assured that the UPU will explore all means at bringing peace to Aladja land.
Chief Omene also noted that the UPU will liase with the national body of the Ijaw people in ensuring that all Ijaws vacate Urhobo land peacefully.
Earlier in his remark on behalf of Aladja community, the Spokesperson of Aladja Elders Council, Snr. Apostle Jacob Kpeku accused the Ijaw people of allegedly hoisting their flags in Epame, Anyam and other hamlets of Aladja community.