The Member representing Aniocha North State Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi was at Obior in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State recently, where he had gone to condole with the family of late Mr. Sunday Ojije Osedebe, the Vice Chairman of the community’s vigilante group killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen last week.
Nwaobi was accompanied on the visit by some leaders of Aniocha North which included the Chairman of the State House of Assembly Service Commission, Chief Barr. Ada Kachikwu, the State representative at the South South PDP Executive Committee, Deacon Chuks Nwaebuni, the Chairman of the State Tourism Board, Princess Tina Amuamuziam, the Vice Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government, Hon. Tobe Ukwamedua, the Secretary of PDP in the area, Hon. Julius Ego, Chief Ayo Momah as well as Mr. Patrick Nwauba amongst others.
It could be recalled that last week, five persons were abducted by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Obior where the Vice Chairman of the vigilante group in the community, Mr. Ojije Osedebe was gruesomely killed while trying to rescue the kidnapped victims.
The Hon. Member also led the leaders to the palace of the traditional ruler of the town, His Royal Majesty, Obi Kingsley Ofuokwu II, Obi of Obior who was also condoled over the killing of his subject.
In his condolence message for the family of Osedebe, Nwaobi described the killing as sad and pathetic, saying that he received the news a day after he had moved a motion in the State House of Assembly condemning incessant killings and kidnappings in Aniocha North.
He said that Osedebe died in active service to the Obior community and assured that his death would not be in vain, even as he said that the State Government under the leadership of the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to do the needful with the relevant security agencies and other levels of Government towards curtailing the rampant, nefarious and heinous activities of criminal elements suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the Local Government Area.
Hon. Nwaobi said that the death of Osedebe had created a big vacuum, even as he prayed that God on his own would fill the vacuum created as a result of his demise, saying that as humans, the family, especially the beloved wife and children would be asking questions, noting that God who allowed the unfortunate incident would not by any means allow them to suffer more than they could bear, while praying that God in his anger would visit those criminal elements perpetrating evil in Aniocha North.
“One day, my prayer is that God will arise in anger and visit them with his anger. There is nothing more than such punishment from God and there is nothing more than God arising in anger to visit those people perpetrating such evil act.
“But despite what has happened, we will continue to encourage our people to keep vigil, to be alert at all times, for the fact that the criminals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, indeed have an evil agenda not only in Aniocha North, but across the country.
“However, as a government and as the representative of the people we must do what we can to make sure that we continue to protect the lives and property of our people,” Hon. Nwaobi said.
Also at the palace of the traditional ruler of Obior, Nwaobi commiserated with the Obi and said that the demise of Mr. Osedebe was not just a great loss to the family, but to the Royal Father as the epitome of Obior community, even as he called on him to institute a memorial as a symbol of remembrance for the late Mr. Ojije Osedebe for losing his dear life while serving and protecting the community.
Nwaobi in his usual benevolent nature, made a cash donation to the deceased’s wife as a way of cushioning the effect of the moment on the family.