Police Rescue Kidnapped Monarch In Delta State

Police, Monarch, Delta StateA traditional ruler in Delta State that was kidnapped at the Ughelli/Kwale highway on his way to Asaba in the early hours of Wednesday has been rescued.

The monarch is identified as Agbara-Ide Ememoh II, the Ovie of Agbara-Warri kingdom in Warri South Local Government Area of the state in Nigeria’s south-south region.

He was rescued on Thursday morning through the combined efforts of Police officials and the Ussisa vigilante outfit.

Spokesman for the Delta State Police Command, Aniamaka Andrew, told Channels TV that the Police responded to a distress call that a vehicle was being robbed not knowing that the hoodlums had already abducted the monarch.

“Almost an hour later, after a search and rescue mission with about a hundred policemen into the bush, there was an exchange of fire and the hoodlums took to their heels abandoning their prey,” he said.

Mr Andrew stated that the Police would leave no stone unturned to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

He, however, appealed to members of the public who might have noticed suspicious persons on movement in their locality to avail the command with useful information.

Okowa Commissions More Projects, Appeals To Pipeline Vandals

Pipeline Vandals, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta StateDelta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged those who are vandalizing pipelines to sheath their swords and employ civil approaches to addressing issues.

The Governor made the call while commissioning Jeddo/Ughoton road in Okpe Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark his one year in office.

The Governor said that the activities of the vandals in the state has affected communities negatively.

“The pipeline vandalism that is going on is very bad for Delta State, we are suffering from pollution, our communities are affected, we are the greatest losers; our communities are impacted negatively.

“I want to appeal to our brothers who are involved in one way or the other in these vandalism to stop. We cannot destroy ourselves in order to make a point, there are more civil ways of channelling grievances which we should apply than vandalizing pipelines and endangering our people,” the Governor said.

Commissioning the road, Governor Okowa said that his attention was drawn to the deplorable state of the road by the Orodje of Okpe, His Royal Majesty Orhue I and commended the contractor for the speedy delivery of the road.

The Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, in a brief speech, congratulated the people of Delta for having a listening governor disclosing that only a phone call made Governor Okowa construct the road which also leads to the community where the Commissioner for Works, James Augoye hails from.

“Our Governor is a listening Governor; we want to thank him, Okpe people deserve to say thank you, because only one phone call to him and this road was done,” the Orodje said,

Augoye in his speech, observed that the road was impassable as at December, 2015 when the contract for the construction of the road was awarded.

In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the Ministry of Works to rehabilitate failed portions of Adeola Road, Sapele to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the area.

The road is about 200 metres.

The Governor also inspected the on-going dualization of Amukpe/Sapele road in Sapele Local Government Area of the state, and the level of progress of work at Okuetolor/Arhagba road in Okpe Local Government Area.

Okowa Condemns Killing Of Soldiers, Civilians In Delta

Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta StateDelta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned the recent killing of soldiers and civilians by suspected militants.

The Nigerians who were on their legitimate assignments, were murdered in a houseboat attack in Omadino, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Theatre Of War
In a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Governor Okowa noted that the killing was a criminality carried too far, as nothing justified the taking of lives of uniformed security men who were out to protect the common property of Nigerians.

“Your activities could turn Delta State into a theatre of war and this portends great danger to the whole population aside from casting the image of the state as insecure and unfit for investment.

“We cannot as a state, afford this rascality if we hope to make progress”, he said.

The Governor recalled his earlier appeals on any aggrieved member of the society, including the Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue.

He said the appeal led to the decision by his administration to constitute an advocacy committee which went round the creeks and oil producing communities in the last few weeks, to canvass support for a violence-free Delta as a precondition for development.

Dr. Okowa noted that no society would develop in an atmosphere of chaos and criminality, and that no government would fold its hands in the face of this high level of aggravation and utter disregard for the sanctity of human lives while he called on the state residents to help government bring the perpetrators to book.

“For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on well-meaning people of Delta State to speak up and not only condemn the activities of these militants, but also offer their best counsel and commitment towards resolving this crisis,” he said.

The Governor extended his condolence and that of the people of Delta State to the families of the victims and prayed God to grant them eternal rest while urging the security agencies to ensure that the culprits do not go free.

He also advised members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace dialogue as means of resolving the crisis, adding that a peaceful and secured Delta was what was needed for development to thrive.