Angry women from Oleh Kingdom in Delta State in hundreds have protested the alleged killings of 12 indigenes of the area and the delay in ensuring justice for them.
The women, who hit the streets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to express their anger over the development, said the 12 persons were allegedly hired for farm work at Ada farmland, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area, on October 16, 2020 before they were killed by yet to be identified persons.
Eyewitness, Beauty Ejiro, said the protests affected economic activities in Oleh town as the women marched peacefully through various streets.
Clad in black attires, the protesting women, many of them octogenarian mothers, were reportedly said to have displayed placards with various inscriptions.
Some of the placards read: “We want immediate response to our demands for Justice.”
“We want nothing but Justice for Oleh 12 persons.”
“The Government must not play politics with the lives of our children.We are in pains IGP, Okowa, we want justice now or we will continue our protest for days.”
PlatinumPost gathered that the women chanted songs in Isoko language as they visited Isoko South Council’s Secretariat, the palace of the Odio Ologbo of the Kingdom, HRM Anthony Ovrawah Omogha 1, the Oleh Divisional Police Station, among others.
While decrying the alleged lack of interest on the part of Delta state government, Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mohammed Adamu, among others, in ensuring justice, the leader of the protesters, Mrs Juliana Itewo, called on relevant authorities to fish out those behind the dastardly act.
“Our husbands , children, mothers, innocent souls were killed on 16 of October 2020 while in search of their daily bread in the farm and since then, government has not done anything to it or say anything,” she said.
The President General of the community, Believe Alakri, while commending the women for the peaceful protests, said that the sticking of feathers to the ground at the scene of the incident revealed that the allegations against hersdmen on the killing were false and called on the state government and the police to carry out a thorough investigation and bring those behind the killings to book.