By Emma Arubi in Warri
A Combined team of military personnel weekend invaded the troubled oil-rich Ugborodo community in Escravos, Warri South-West Council Area of Delta in an operation that flushed out all oil thieves, armed youths and sea pirates and killed one unidentified youth in a gun duel that lasted several hours.
The operation started first from the Madangho and Ajudiabo axis to Ogidigben where they encountered serious opposition on Saturday before extending their operation to the Ode-Ugborodo axis where the alleged head of the illegal bunkerers and his gang were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the military.
The criminals, it was gathered, having been over-powered by the military, fled into the bush paving the way for the soldiers to take over the community.
Speaking to newsmen on the operation, former vice-Chairman of Ugborodo Community Trust, Mr. Isaac Botosan, said they welcome the operation to rid the community of those he called miscreants, non-indigenes, oil thieves and armed youths even as he appealed to the Federal Government to keep the military men on ground until the entire Ugborodo is secured for normal habitation and genuine business.
“The military men should be stationed at Ugborodo to restore sanity until further notice. The head of the oil thieves, Mr. Omadeli and his gang have already fled. The whole of Ugborodo is now free of the miscreants and their nuisance value.
“Most of these youths are hired hoodlums from other communities outside Ugborodo. In fact the one that was killed in the shootout is said to be from Ilaje axis.
“They were brought in to cause maximum insecurity in Ugborodo community through their illegal business and other social vices. I want the military men to remain at Ugborodo until total peace and sanity is restored”, Botosan stated.
Some youths were said to have attacked the boat conveying the Ologbotsere of Warri Kingdom to Ugborodo on Saturday evening injuring some persons until they were over-powered by the security escort team that paved way for the easy landing of the chief.
It would be recalled that a faction of the Ugborodo youths at Escravos have pronounced themselves to be outside the domain and authority of the Itsekiri monarch recently just as Ugborodo elders and respected indigenes have denounced the youths for taking their exuberance too far and beyond acceptable limits.