Two persons reported died in auto crash at Owhelogbo axis of the Ughelli-Asaba road following the mass protest by indigene of Oleh who block the ever-busy road over the reported gruesome murder of 12 indigenes of the community.
BIGPENNGR.COM understands the victims died following an auto crash involving Agofure Motors and a motorcycle (popularly known as Okada) while trying to maneuver their way out of the traffic jam that built up in the area following the protest at the wee hours of Wednesday.
The protest which started on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 had continued on Wednesday over the delay for justice for the gruesome killing of 12 indigenes, causing heavy gridlock along the route from Oleh roundabout to Owhelogbo junction where the accident happened.
The 12 persons were reportedly killed at Ada farmland along Oleh/Ozoro road where they were hired for farm work on 16th of October 2020 by unknown assailants.
Eyewitness says the Agofure Motor which was heading to Asaba was trying to wiggle out of the gridlock at Owhelogbo junction when the driver ram into an Okada, killing the rider and a passenger on the spot.
“Because of the protest at Oleh roundabout, drivers were now navigating other escape route and that led to the gridlock which stretches from the roundabout to Owhelogbo.
“All vehicle coming from Warri where detouring at Owhelogbo to connect Ozoro so the whole road was jammed. Everyone was battling to escape from the traffic so in the process one Agofure bus ram into an Okada, killing the Okadaman and the passenger.
Angered by the development, mobs descended on the bus and set it ablaze”, the source disclosed.
Delta Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the incident.
Protesting Oleh woman who wore black attires displaying placards and leaves with various inscription had blocked the Oleh roundabout axis of the Ughelli-Asaba expressway.
They reportedly set bonfires and use wood logs to barricade the road, while displaying placards with inscription as “Justice delayed is Justice Denied”, We need nothing but Justice”, “Delta State government refused to do nothing about Oleh 12 killings″.
”The Government must not play politics with this matter”, “Our Son’s and Daughter’s must not die like that” and ”We don’t want war, we want Justice”, “Welfare scheme package for Oleh 12” among others.
Addressing newsmen at the scene, the women leader, Mrs Juliana Itewo said “Our husbands, children, mothers, innocent souls were killed on 16 October, 2020 while in search of their daily bread in the farm and since the attack, the government has not done or said anything about it”.
The Oleh Community women leader also lamented that, “Since the killings of Oleh 12 persons the Delta State governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has not deem it fit to visit the community or send any government officials to Oleh, the governor is taking the community for a ride after voting for him during the 2019 general election”, she stated.
She further reiterate that, people of the community have not been able to go to their farms or access their farmland, hunger is killing our people, adding that, we are calling on government to come out and fish out the killers.