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LG Chairman Escapes Death As Youths Abduct BEDC Officials

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Youths in Mosogar Communi­ty in Ethiope West Local Gov­ernment Area in Delta State have attacked the Chairman of the Council, Hon. Oghene­doro Owoso, over what they described as continued pow­er outage in the community, making away with two riffles and injuring a policeman and an aide to the chairman.

The youths who were pro­testing eight years of electrici­ty blackout were also reported to have abducted two officials of the Benin Electricity Dis­tribution Company (BEDC), for hours before security men stormed their hideout to set free the Distribution compa­ny officials.

Mosogar Community had been without electricity for the past eight years, an issue that has led to protest from the community in November last year and thousands of residents taking to the Benin – Warri highway again in pro­test last month, barricading the major highway for hours.

Trouble was said to have started after some of the youths who probably were fed up with the endless promise from the community leaders to restore electricity to them and has continued to fail, ab­ducted two BEDC officials who were on patrol.

Anthony Akpotobor who claimed to have witnessed the incident told journalists that “after the officials were abducted, they tried to force them to fuse the light, the police were informed, and the Mosogar Divisional Police Officer (DPO), reached out to the chairman of the council, who in turn drove in to pacify them, that was when he was attacked.”

One of Owosso’s aide, who craved anonymity also nar­rated to journalists that his boss passed through that route because he felt he could pacify them.

“They attacked us and dis­armed one of the policemen attached to the chairman and in the process, one of the chairman’s aide was shot and the mobile policeman was injured.

Another aide to the Chairman and a mobile policeman was abducted and taken away to a shrine close to the river and they were about taking them with a boat through the river when security men came to rescue them”

Hon. Owoso, while con­firming the attack told jour­nalists that his car was shot. “My brother, we should thank God, there are ways to push their grievances across, some of them have been arrested but let them bring the arms, everything is about dialogue that was why I went to appeal to them so that we can collec­tively map out a way so that they can have light” he said.

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