In their resolve to rid the Oshimili North Local Government Area of the activities of criminal elements, the Authorities of the Local Government in Delta State have given a seven day ultimatum to owners of illegal camps and farm settlements within the area to vacate them and take up residence among the people.
This was communicated through an Executive Order signed by the Executive Chairman of the Local Government, Hon. Louis Ndukwe and made available to newsmen on Wednesday at Akwukwu-Igbo, the administrative headquarters of the Local Government area
In the Executive order which was addressed to all Serikis and Igbo camp owners as well as the various communities within Oshimili North Local Government area, the Council Chairman said that the action was geared towards ridding the area of criminal elements who have converted camps in the various bushes into criminal sanctuaries.
Hon Ndukwe directed the concerned camp owners to move from the various bushes and take up rents in the various communities whereby they will live among the people as well as build permanent structures that will be properly registered by the Oshimili Local Government area.
He therefore warned that non adherence to this order after seven working days of its communication to the concerned camp owners; will be followed up with forced evacuation and demolition of such settlements.
The Executives order reads in full:
Attn: All Serikis/Igbo Camp Owners
Re: Immediate vacating of all illegal structures within Oshimili North Local Government Area.
Be informed that due to the security challenges we recently face as a Local government and the urgency of the need to rid our area of all secret hideouts where criminals use as safe heavens, we herewith communicate that you vacate, advise others considered your wards within our LGA to move and take up rents with our people, live with our people, or build permanent structure that shall be registered and owned by you, your proxies or wards like every other Nigerian who live and do business in our LGA.
Take note that after seven working days of this notice, all camps and unapproved structures in our LGA shall be totally declared illegal and destroyed. Recourse shall only be given to structures approved by the Oshimili North Local Government and the Delta State Government.
All inconveniences are regretted as this remains the only way we have resolved to enable us account for our residents and fish out the bad elements who only live in our bushes and shanties in the LGA.
You may wish to quote this message as EXECUTIVE ORDER II in lieu of the SECURITY ALERT in the LGA!
Your utmost cooperation is expected.
Hon. Ndukwe Louis
Oshimili North Local Government