By Uzo Ugwunze

Oba (Idemili South LGA), Nov. 20, 2020 (MOI) Regent of Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA), Prince Noel Ezenwa and other leaders have lauded youths for securing the police station and other government facilities within Oba community during the End Sars protests.

During the End Sars saga, the youths protested against police brutality across the country.

They also urged the youths to embrace peace and avoid getting involved in violence or activities that could portray the community in a bad light.

In a speech during an emergency meeting of the Igwe-In-Council, Prince Ezenwa praised them for their roles in resisting hoodlums, who infiltrated the EndSars protests to demolish Police Stations.

“The EndSars exercise was a nationwide event. We thank God and praise our youths ably led by Mr Ikechukwu Ezeukwu for their role in protecting Police installations in Oba Community.

“Our youths cooperated with the vigilance group in carrying out the responsibility. We wish to call their attention to heightened security alert,” he said.

Prince Ezenwa condemned some alleged ugly incidences of reported violence that left unpleasant impressions about the community.

“The Oba youths/IPOB saga, the sacking and destruction of the Ezele Mbana community, the accidental loss of life of someone because of his excesses are matters we should be concerned about as leaders.

“These incidences went viral on the social media and portrayed Oba as a place, where human life and property do not matter. Life is sacrosanct.

“If we condone these happenings, we stand no grounds to condemn the police or Army for brutality or extra judicial killings or other wicked acts,” the Regent said.

Transition Councilor, Oba Ward 1, Mr Ebuka Chibueze thanked the unity of purpose exhibited by the Oba youths in protecting the government facilities saying that it was commendable.

“We are working with the Government of Gov. Willie Obiano to improve security of the state. What is the essence of allowing hoodlums to destroy things that benefit us, built by individuals or community efforts?” Councilor asked rhetorically.

The Oba Political Forum’s Coordinator, Mr Ogonna Ndozie adds: “our youths behaved wisely and valiantly. It is good news from Oba. It shows a sense of responsibility’’.

In his remarks, a former Youth President General, Mr Obi Ufondu notes: “immediately we heard of the wanton destruction of police stations, the youth leader organised the youths and relocated every item at Oba Police Station.

“We also mounted watches day and night at the station, to ensure that the place was not set ablaze. It was not easy but I commend the gallantry of Oba youths,” said Ufondu.

Mr Ufondu, then, enjoined youths to embrace peace, desist from violence, illegal land grabbing, saying that progress was synonymous with peaceful coexistence. (MOI)

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