WARRI — Youths in Mosogar Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area at Delta State has attacked the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Oghenedoro Owosso, over what they called continuing power outage in the community, which makes away with just two riffles and injuring a policeman and an aide to the chairman.
The youths who had been protesting eight years of power blackout were reported to have abducted two officials of their Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), for hours before security men stormed their hideout to place free the Distribution firm officials.
Mosogar Community had been without electricity for the previous eight years, an issue that has led to protest from the neighbourhood in November this past year and thousands of inhabitants taking to Benin — Warri highway again in protest last month, barricading the major highway for hours.
Trouble was stated to have started after a number of the youths who probably were fed up with all the endless promise from the community leaders to restore power to them and has continued to neglect, abducted two BEDC officials that were on patrol.
Anthony Akpotobor who claimed to have witnessed the incident told journalists that”after the officials were abducted, they tried to induce them to fuse the mild, the police were advised, and also the Mosogar Divisional Police Officer (DPO), achieved to the chairman of this council, who subsequently drove into pacifying them, that was when he was attacked.”
Among Owoso’s aide, who craved anonymity also narrated to journalists his boss passed during that path because he believed he could reestablish them.
“We attacked us disarmed one of those policemen attached to the chairman and in the process, one of the chairman’s aide was captured and the mobile policeman was injured. Another aide to the Chairman along with a cellular policeman was abducted and taken away into a shrine near the river and they were about taking them using a ship throughout the river when security men came to rescue them”
Hon. Owoso, while confirming the assault told journalists that his automobile was shot. “My brother, we ought to thank God, there are ways to push their grievances across, some of them have been detained but let them bring the arms, everything is all about the dialogue which was why I moved to appeal to them so that we can jointly map out a way so that they can have light” he explained