By Andrew Onyejuruuwa
The Executive Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has come out boldly to state that officers of Nigerian military actually accompanied the suspected bandits who attacked some communities in Delta State last week and killed not fewer than eight people with others sustaining different degrees of injury.
Gunmen attacked Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North local government areas of Delta State last week (on Thursday to beprecise). The attacks led to the deaths of at least eight people while a host of others sustained injuries. The governor, who described the attacks as mindless, called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.
He said, “The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless. I, however, appeal to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. I commiserate with the communities and families on the unfortunate loss of their loved ones.
“I have directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice. As a state, our people have been very receptive to herdsmen and other visitors, but our hospitality and welcoming disposition should not be taken as an act of cowardice. The state government will continue to encourage peaceful and harmonious relations between Deltans and their visitors but will not watch outsiders attack and kill our people any longer,” Okowa warned.