Women in Oleh town, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state, recently took to the streets to protest against alleged fraudulent activities of some leaders in the town, including the Monarch, HRM Anthony William Ovrawah, Omogha 1, the Odiologbo of Oleh Kingdom.
The women who marched around the town, crippled commercial activities, causing markets and shops to close down.
Wielding various placards such as “All administration must be carried out by OCDU only”, “Stop CDC divide and rule”, “Say No to illegal CDC” and Odiologbo must end CDC Now”, alleged illegality of appointed Community Development Committee (CDC) by the Monarch.
The women who visited the Local Government Council Secretariat and the logistics office of Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited Oleh, demanded an end to the operation of funds accrued to Oleh community from OML 30 cluster 5 management Committee Project by the Monarch’s appointed CDC.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mrs. Juliana Itewor, women leader of Oleh Community, noted that the community is divided with hatred and sentiments, which according to her, has resulted to hunger and tension in the community.
She called on the government to prevail on some alleged powerful community leaders that sold portions of Oleh Community land to herdsmen and reclaim the land back, as it has led to incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area.
Speaking in the same vein, President General of Oleh Town, Chief Comrade Believe Alakri, and President General Oleh Community said, the GMoU of the community with Heritage Oil Firm was wrongly signed by appointed Chairman of Community Development Committee, instead of the President General of Oleh Kingdom.
Alakri noted that it’s only the President General and three other representatives of Communities under OML 30 Community Development Board that are accredited to represent communities and therefore urged Heritage Oil Company to stop causing the problem in Oleh Community.
Addressing the protesters, the Secretary to the Local Government Council, Hon. Vantus Ogboghro assured the protesters of conveying the message to the Chairman of the local government area, Hon. Victor Asasa, just as Mr. John Akareyi and Mr. Uge Akecheye, of Department of State Security Services to Heritage Oil company, promised to pass the message to the head of Heritage Oil firm for immediate response.