By SUZAN AKPEBOR
The Okpella Progressive Union (OPU) Northern Congress has decried the alarming rate of anti-social activities cum proliferation of arms among the youths in the Okpella Community and environs as 2015 general elections drawn near.
In a communique issued at the end of its 25th conference held in Kaduna at the weekend and jointly signed by the Union’s President, Mr. Abednigo Imagbedion and Secretary-General, Mr. Simon Imogie, OPU called on the State and Local Government authorities as well as relevant security agencies to come to the aid of hitherto peaceful and law-abiding Okpella community and save it from the clutches of the disturbing activities of cultists and criminals.
OPU also appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency revisit the abandoned Okpella water project which it stressed “was truncated in a questionable circumstance”, while it cautioned individuals engaged in illegal sale of Okpella lands, extortion of companies and businesses operating in the community to henceforth desist from the “shameful and retrogressive behaviours in the collective interests of Okpella people.
The resolutions adopted by the Northern Congress of OPU which had in attendance delegates from Ado-Abuja, Kaduna, Zaria, Kano, Sokoto, Jos and other northern states, urged Okpella indigenes both home and abroad to shun all forms of bitterness and join hands in the quest to move Okpella to a higher pedestal of development.