By Emmanuel Enebeli
ABOH/Nigeria: Residents of Beneku community the home town of the Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Friday Osanebi, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area has abandoned their homes for fear of possible military invasion.
Ndokwa Reporters learnt that trouble started in the oil rich community when the villagers went to one of the oil servicing company’s, Sterling Global operating in the area to ask for job slots for their people on Tuesday 5 September, 2017, when one of the soldiers attached to the company attacked one of the community members, and there was reprisal from the attacked person.
Information has it that trouble started when the management of the company asked for the community representatives to come in for discussion, and while they were on that the soldiers at the gate started beating the protesters.
In the midst of the reprisal, the security men arrested many of the villagers who came for the protest, while many are declared missing as they had not returned home since the incident.
Further investigation by Ndokwa Reporters revealed that, to escape arrest, some of the escaped villagers have to wade in the muddy and dangerous water in the area to get away.
As at Thursday night, the village had been totally deserted as the Okpala-Uku, who is the head of the community, and few residents were left behind.
At press time the whereabouts of those arrested is not known. The community leaders, Ndokwa Reporters was informed sent emissaries to secure the release of those arrested. The outcome of that move is not known.
Attempt to get to speak to the speak to the state post command was not successful, as the image maker of the state police command, Mr. Nwaka could not be reached.
Meanwhile, one of the community leaders being held is the Public Relation Officer of the community, Mr Abgbaleze.