We reported to you an incident which happened on Wednesday, 2nd March, in involving about 500 women peaceful protesters who were mercilessly flogged by some soldiers of the Nigerian Army as they were protesting at Ovre-Eku (Iwevbo) community over a land which had been in dispute for years between Edo and Delta states and was later sold to an oil company (PRESCO Oil Company).
The reason for the ungodly act has been revealed by the Army Unit Commander stationed at Ovre-Eku community, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, Lt. E. D. Oworobo and according to what he told a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity, he directed his men to flog the demonstrating women because they made an attempt to disarm his men.
The source also divulged that Oworobo had communicated with Mr. Andrew Efejedia, the District Officer of Eku Police station, in an attempt to absolve himself and his men from blame for the wicked act, claiming that he was left with no other alternative than to issue an order to the soldiers to scatter the protesters who had tried to disarm his men, using minimal force. As the source reported, Oworobo had asked the DO, “Don’t you know it is a crime to carry a charm according to the Criminal Code of Nigeria?”
In the meantime, Lt. Oworobo has issued threats to deal with two newspaper correspondents for having the guts to call him and ask for the military’s side of the incident. The journalists are Theophilus Onojeghen and Bolaji Ogundele, the Warri correspondents of The Authority and The Nation newspapers respectively.
Reacting separately to the journalists who called him, Lt. Oworobo called them idiots and madmen, allegedly saying:
“You’re an idiot. You’re a mad man. Why are you calling me? So I should report to you, abi? Who are you to call me? If you ever call me in your life, I’ll deal mercilessly with you.”