Some angry youths in Mosogar Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State on Tuesday, May 4, attacked the council chairman, Mr Oghenedoro Owoso, over continuous blackout in the community.
The irate youths also injured a policeman attached to the chairman as well as one of his close aides, during their rampage.
The youths, who were said to be protesting eight years of power outage, equally abducted two officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), for hours before security men stormed their hideout to set the staff free.
It will be recalled that the people of Mosogar have been without electricity for the past eight years, leading to protest from the community in November last year.
Last month the people also trooped to the ever-busy Benin–Warri highway to protest and barricaded the major highway for hours, leading to heavy gridlock.
However, trouble started again in the morning of Thursday, April 29, when some of the youths became fed up with the endless promises of the community leaders to restore electricity.
An eyewitness, Mr Anthony Akpotobor told our correspondent that:
“After the officials were abducted, they tried to force them to fuse the light, the police was informed, and the Mosogar Divisional Police Officer, reached out to the chairman of the council, who in turn met to pacify them, that was when he was attacked”.
One of the aides to the chairman, who pleaded anonymity said:
“we passed through that route because he (the chairman), felt he could pacify them, they attacked us and disarmed one of the policemen attached to the chairman and in the process, one of the chairman’s aide was shot and the mobile policeman was injured.
“Another aide to the Chairman and a mobile policeman was abducted and taken away to a shrine close to the river and they were about taking them with a boat through the river when security men came to rescue them”.
The council boss, while confirming the attack, said that his car was shot; “my brother, we should thank God, there are ways to push their grievances across, some of them have been arrested but let them bring the arms, everything is about dialogue that was why I went to appeal to them, so that we can collectively map out a way so that they can have light”, he said.