The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, has condemned the Saturday, 5th December 2020, assassination of Mr. Ogu-Chinuwa Austyne Emuamaka, the leader of the Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in the state, calling it a saddening incident.
The Deputy Speaker who was reacting to the news of his death, added that his death is one death too many in our society, which of recent had been riddled with different forms of assassinations.
In a press statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, he said that the killing of any human being by a fellow human is cruel, and should be condemned by all well meaning Nigerians, as any form of life is sacred before God and man.
He stated that his work as an anti-cult fighter had over the years brought sanity to many communities in Delta State, as he at various times undertook enlightenment campaigns to many communities and institutions of learning advocating against cult activities, highlighting its disadvantages.
The Deputy Speaker further stated that with the rise in all forms of insecurity in the state, and increasing number of cult related attacks in Delta State, after the #EndSARS protest, there is the need to continue the war against any form of criminality such as cultism.
Hon Ochor also paid tribute to the fallen Anti-Cult Chief, as he described him as one of the finest Ndokwa Youth, who had the passion for a safe and better society, where peace and harmony reigns.
The statement reads in part: “The news of the death of Mr. Austin Emu, the Leader of the Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in Delta State is one bad news too many. His death is saddening. Delta State, and Ndokwa has lost one of its finest.”
“His efforts to fight cult activities had been so encouraging. He was passionate about it, going from communities, liaising and bonding with government agencies and non-governmental organisation to campaign against all form of cultism in our society.”
He however, called on the relevant authourities to investigate, and find the killers of Mr. Emu, advising that the war against cult activities should not die.
“I call on the police and all security agencies to investigate, and ensure that those who had committed the heinous crime are brought to justice. The war against all form of cultism should be sustained. It should not be allowed to die,” he said.
In a related development, the President of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Youth Wing, Worldwide, Comrade Umukoro Efemena, has escaped an assassination attempt on him by unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists, Daily Report has said.
The attempt on his life is coming barely 24hrs after the President of the Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in Delta state, Amb Austyne Emu was murdered by suspected cultists in Kwale on Saturday night.
The vocal Efemena decried the attempt on his life by his assailants who mistook his driver for him and kidnapped the chauffeur.
He took to his Facebook handle to lament over the incident, wondering why he became a target in a cult war when he is not a part of any cult organ.
He explained his position as a committed leader to curbing violence in the state.
Narrating his ordeal, Efemena wrote;
“Could this be a coincident or a deliberate attempt on my Life ?
24hours after Austyne Emu was assassinated, unknown gunmen attacked my car, mistook me for the driver and he was kidnapped. It took the swift response of the Abraka DPO who personally led the Operation and some Indigenes to block all access points in the community, hence they were forced to abandon my boy along the river bank.
His mobile phones were stolen .We later saw my Lexus jeep along Okagbare hotel Road. Comrade Nicholas was picked up by 9pm along Ivie road and released by 1 50 am .
His post read:
“I am an Ethnic Youth President. I have defended the youths with my contacts and influence. I have bailed so many for free . Even the ones tagged cultist I have equally assisted a lot of them .
“I have NEVER EVER been a cultist in my entire life and I don’t intend joining anyone at this age. my vision WAS to see how we can take off violent from Cultism to avoid senseless killing of each other but now see what they are doing.
But in all , God is not DEAD.”
Meanwhile, a former commissioner representing Ndokwa ethnic nationality in the board of DESOPADEC, Hon Flenjo Oputa has been accused of having a hand in the murder of Austyne Emu.
The allegations led to the razing down of the former Council Chairman’s residence on Sunday.
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