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Okuama Massacre: My Govt pained over crisis, killing of Soldiers

 

Okuama Massacre: My Govt pained over crisis, killing of Soldiers

Delta State governor, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, weekend lamented his administration was sorely pained about recent crisis leading to the killing of some army officers and soldiers at Okuama community in Ughelli South local government area of the state.

Governor Oborevwori stated this at Government House Annex, Warri when he received on a courtesy visit, the chairman and members of the board of enquiry set up by the Defence Headquarters to probe the Okuama Killings.

The governor, who narrated how the state managed the situation, said the state government would do all it could to assist the board on its assignment.


According to him, in order to honour the deceased officers and soldiers, he led a top-level delegation of members of the State Security Council and members of the State Executive Council to attend the funeral of the slain officers and soldiers in Abuja.

While saying that a transparent investigation should be conducted to fish out the real culprits of the heinous crime, he said innocent citizens should not be made to suffer any further.
He said most people who spoke about the Okuama killings did so out of ignorance because they lack the true knowledge of the facts of what happened.

He warned that there must be transparent investigation to fish out the real culprits of the heinous crime and that innocent citizens should not be made to suffer any further.

“I am very happy for this meeting taking place here today in Warri.

“Most people who spoke about the issue did so out of ignorance because they lacked the true knowledge of the facts of what happened. Setting up this Board of Enquiry is a good one.
“In my MORE Agenda, we said we are going to ensure peace and security, and for the first time in a long while, we celebrated Christmas without any hitches and I must thank security agencies in the state for a job well done.

“In Delta State, there are two bodies we don’t play with; the Advisory and Peace Building Council and the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution- because they are doing a lot to ensure enduring peace in the state.

“I told the Secretary to State Government to invite the Okuama/Okoloba people. So, l made it mandatory that the Chairmen of Ughelli South and Bomadi local government councils to be in attendance, the members of the State House of Assembly who are representing the constituencies should also be in attendance and the Presidents- General of the communities should be in attendance.

 

 

“That meeting was held on February 7 and they signed a peace accord. So, we were not expecting anything negative when the military went there for a peace mission.

“In Delta State, we don’t encourage crisis. So, we want to assure you that whichever information you people want, we will give it to you and we will also come with our position paper to submit to you people before you leave.

“That will also guide you on the role that we have played as a state because if we don’t come with this position paper, you will not know the role that the state has played”, the governor said.

He promised to submit a position paper to the board of enquiry.

Earlier, chairman of the Board of Enquiry, Air Vice Marshal David Ajayi, said the board was in the state to investigate the unfortunate incident that happened at Okuama.

Ajayi said, “We are here as a fact- finding mission and not to apportion blame. We are here to gather facts from security agencies, community leaders and community dwellers.

“This report will also help to ensure healthy communication that will enhance civil-military relations and ensure that economic activities thrive again in the affected communities.”

He called on the governor to assist the board in its enquiry to ensure that relevant stakeholders were invited to the give account of what led to the crisis.

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