Yesterday, the women from the Aladja community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State organized a peaceful demonstration, urging Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to address the longstanding conflict between Aladja and their neighboring Ogbe-Ijoh community.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Florence Shakaohwo, the women expressed their solidarity through chants and dances on the main streets of Aladja. They carried placards with various messages, such as “Governor Sheriff, please resolve the longstanding crisis now,” “Peace is invaluable, war is destructive,” “Aladja mothers advocate for peace,” and “Governor Sheriff, intervene and restrain Taye Tuoyo.”
During an interview with journalists, Shakaohwo called upon the state governor to take action against Taye Tuoyo, the chairman of the Warri South-West council area, for allegedly insisting on using Nigerian Army personnel from the 3 Battalion, Effurun, to transport building materials through the Aladja community to the council’s secretariat. Shakaohwo deemed this act as highly insensitive to the plight of the peaceful Aladja people throughout the demarcation process.
Shakaohwo emphasized that the disputed land belongs to the Aladja community, which has consistently maintained peace, while accusing the Ogbe-Ijoh people of repeatedly violating established peace agreements.
Another protester, Mrs. Blessing Badidi, criticized Major Solomon Nwakwuda of the Nigerian Army for siding with the Ogbe-Ijoh community against Aladja, despite clear evidence that the Ogbe-Ijoh people were the primary aggressors. Badidi urged Oborevwori to take immediate action to address the defiant behavior of the Ogbe-Ijoh community.
Mrs. Eunice Apah, another participant in the protest, expressed her concern about the extensive loss of lives and property in both communities due to the ongoing crisis. She called upon the government to take decisive action to resolve the matter once and for all. Apah lamented the frequent attacks on Aladja by the Ogbe-Ijoh community, resulting in numerous children being orphaned due to the senseless war.