The Member Representing Isoko South II Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly Hon. Ferguson Onwo has beckoned on warring interests in Uzere Community, to sheath their swords and pursue peace, over an alleged kingship tussle.
Hon. Ferguson Onwo who spoke to Assembly Correspondents immediately after Tuesday’s plenary, described the feud as an unnecessary action to the development of the community.
The Lawmaker urged the stakeholders to inject sincerity into the peace drive stressing that incurring casualties would only embitter them and chase peace away.
“There is a communal crisis arising from kingship tussle. It can be resolved. The second world war was resolved on a negotiation table. I appeal to my constituents to shield their swords. This will further intensify the peace processes. All stakeholders should inject sincerity into their peace drive. We will continue to stand to ensure peace. There is no need to score points. In the end, incurring casualties will not breed happiness. I commend the security outfits for their involvement in securing the peace.” Onwo stressed.
It will be recalled that crisis erupted in Uzere Community during the weekend following the renewed hostilities by supporters of the two crowned traditional rulers in the Kingdom.
It was gathered that no fewer than 20 persons were alleged to have sustained various degrees of injuries from both factions.
Uzere, an oil-rich community of Isoko, had been embroiled in lingering crisis over the traditional ruler wrangling that has been engulfing the community.
It was learnt that Sunday’s attack was in a bid by one of the factions to dethrone one of the kings, a situation, that resulted in shooting from both ends by youths loyal to the two kings.
While about eight persons were stabbed, six of the victims were said to have sustained gunshot injuries during the clashes.