DELTA – FOUR days after a leadership crisis rocked parts of Uvwie as a result of an attempted forceful takeover of the Uvwie public motor park, the executive arm of the council has reaffirmed the leadership of Comr. Napoleon Adibu as the chairman of the Uvwie Public Motor Park Management Committee.
The council in a statement signed by its secretary, Mr. Julius Uvwie while bemoaning the ugly incident, stressed that there was no loss of life as a result of the incident contrary to reports that three persons were said to have died from the melee that ensued following the attempted forceful takeover of the park.
It would be recalled that there was breakdown of law and order in parts of the council on Wednesday 29th as a result of the incident leading to the drafting of the police and other security agents to the troubled spots.
Speaking on the newfound peace in the area, the council scribe said: “we make it known to the general public that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) in the fourth schedule, paragraph 1(e), states that the establishment and management of public motor parks lies within the purview of the Local Government Councils.
“It is based on this that Comr. Napoleon Adibu was appointed to head the Uvwie Public Motor Park Management Committee.”
Advising the general public to remain calm and go about their lawful duties, Mr. Uvwie noted that as a law abiding citizen, chairman of the council, Hon. Baro Henry Minabowanre has taken measures to forestall a future reoccurrence of this ugly incident.
On its part, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu has stated that two officers attached to the state command sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds as a result of the incident while 44 suspects have been arrested.
Giving details of the injuries of the officers, she explained that an Assistant Superintendent of Police was shut on the buttocks while a police sergeant was shot on the right elbow adding that both victims are currently responding to medical attention at the Warri Central Hospital and the Nigeria Navy Hospital respectively.