Delta State Governor Urges Transparency in Okuama Killings Probe

Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has urged the Board of Enquiry set up by the Defence Headquarters to thoroughly investigate the Okuama killings with transparency and fairness. The governor emphasized the importance of ensuring that innocent citizens do not suffer further as the probe progresses.

The Okuama community in Delta State was thrown into turmoil on March 14 when military personnel, comprising four officers and 13 soldiers, were tragically murdered by irate youths during a peace mission. Governor Oborevwori, speaking in Warri during a courtesy visit by the Board of Enquiry, expressed deep concern over the crisis that led to the loss of lives.

During the meeting at the Government House Annex, Governor Oborevwori assured the board of the state government’s full cooperation in assisting with the investigation. He recounted the state’s efforts to manage the situation, including leading a delegation to attend the funeral of the slain officers and soldiers in Abuja as a mark of respect.

Highlighting the state’s commitment to peace and security, Governor Oborevwori underscored the importance of the Advisory and Peace Building Council and the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution bodies in maintaining enduring peace in Delta State. He emphasized the state’s proactive approach to conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts.

Chairman of the Board of Enquiry, Air Vice Marshal David Ajayi, reiterated the mission’s objective of gathering facts without bias or blame attribution. He emphasized the need for healthy communication between security agencies, community leaders, and residents to foster civil-military relations and restore economic activities in affected communities.

Ajayi called on Governor Oborevwori to support the board’s enquiry by facilitating the involvement of relevant stakeholders to provide insight into the circumstances surrounding the crisis. The governor pledged to provide necessary information and submit a position paper outlining the state’s role in the events leading up to the tragedy.


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