Delta State Governor Grants Total Pardon To 5 Inmates, Commutes The Sentences Of 30 In The Spirit Of The Easter Celebration

The Delta State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the grant of total pardon to 5 inmates who were serving various terms of imprisonment and commuted 30 others on death row to life imprisonment in the exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy under Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

A statement released from the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor stated that the Governor acted pursuant to powers vested on him in exercise of his powers of prerogative of mercy in the spirit of the Easter celebration and took into considerations the several international and local pleas including those from Amnesty International.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice explained that the Governor acted in accordance to his constitutional powers based on the recommendations of the 7-Man Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by Chief Patrick Okpakpor that was inaugurated by the Delta Governor on 30th March 2017.

According to the statement, the Governor approved the grant of full pardon to the following inmates and ordered their immediate release; Livinus Ugwu (M) who was sentenced to 20 years, Enebeli Dike (M), a condemned convict, Orji Pascal (M), serving a 10 year jail term, Moses Agedah who was also on death row and Martins Ishiekwene, a prisoner sentenced to death on the 30th of November, 1998.

The 30 inmates whose sentences were commuted by the Governor were all death row inmates, sentenced to death by hanging.

The statement further stated that the Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration was irrevocably committed to better the lives of the people including prisoners as the Government has come out with various rehabilitation programmes through skill acquisitions, trainings and other empowerment programmes geared towards their reintegration back to society.

Furthermore, the Prison Authorities have been advised appropriately in the warrants of pardon signed by His Excellency, the Governor, to immediately effect the warrants of release and commutal respectively.

OGBE-IJAW/ALADJA CRISIS: DTSG Set To Implement White Paper

DELTA State government will implement in full, the white paper on Ogbe-Ijaw/Aladja crisis, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said.

In a brief chat with journalists after bi-monthly security council meeting held in Warri, the Governor stated that achieving peace in all parts of Delta State was important for the required development to take place.

It would be recalled that after a protracted land dispute between Ogbe-Ijaw, Warri South-West local government area and Aladja in Udu local government area of Delta State, Governor Okowa inaugurated an 8-man panel of inquiry to look at the issue and proffer lasting solutions to the issue in May, 2016.

“Today, we met with the people of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijaw communities, we conveyed the decision of the state government to them following the release of the white paper and they agreed to work with us to achieve lasting peace as we will implement the decisions taken to the benefits of all,” he said.

Governor Okowa who expressed delight that all stakeholders have resolved to tow the line of peace disclosed that the security council also looked at issues affecting the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

On the benefits of the security council meeting, the Governor said, “We hold security council meetings every two weeks to discuss security issues, today, our state is very peaceful because, we nip security challenges in the bud.”

Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kjngsley utuaro, Secretary to Delta State government, Hon. Ovie Agas, Commandants of different security operatives including the Police attended the meeting.

Oshimili North Suspends NURTW Activities; Stops Revenue Collectors

The activities of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have been suspended till further notice.

This decision was taken during a security meeting attended by the Divisional Police Officers and Directorate of State Security (DSS) personnel in the local government area.

A statement signed by the Executive Chairman of the Local Government Council , Hon. Louis Ndukwe, revealed that the decision became inevitable due to an intelligence report received on Tuesday night of an impending factional overthrow/ counter overthrow of leadership within the local government area.

According to the statement, all measures taken over time by security personnel in the local government area to bring lasting and peaceful resolution to the impending breakdown of peace, law and order by the members and agents of the union proved abortive to the extent that life and property in the local government have come under severe threat.

The Chairman said that the Council in invoking its right to own and manage Motor Parks, will lean on “Schedule 4 made pursuant to Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution, paragraph 1E thereof, which provides for Establishment, Maintenance and Regulation of Slaughter Houses/Slabs, Markets, Motor Parks and Public Convenience”.

He said that the suspension order will be in place till sanity and peace is guaranteed by members of the union.

Meanwhile, Hon. Ndukwe has notified the general public, residents, property and business owners, that all contracts with Revenue Collectors for the year 2017 has expired.

He advised them to stop all payments of rates and fees through any agents, staff or proxies till further notice.

The Chairman charged them to report any activities of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of the council to any nearby police station or directly to the authorities of the Council at Akwukwu Igbo, its administrative headquarters.

Okowa Urges Niger Deltans To Sustain Existing Peace In The Region

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the people of Niger Delta to sustain the existing peace in the region.

The Governor made the call at the weekend while delivering an address at the 2017 edition of Urhobo Day celebration organised annually by the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).
“It behoves all political, business, community, youth leaders as well as the traditional institutions to ensure that the peace we are currently enjoying in the Niger Delta is sustained, because, with the resumption of oil export from the Forcados Trunk, the finances of the State have begun to improve in the last two months; maintaining peace in the region will greatly boost the economy and enhance our capabilities to deliver on all on-going and new projects, and ultimately bring joy to Deltans,” the Governor said.

He continued, “our people need to realise that it is the economy of the State that suffers more when oil installations are vandalised, leading to disruption in oil production and export and I urge opinion moulders to impress it on the youth in our communities to please stay calm, and embrace the opportunities available in our job creation programmes.”

The Governor who praised the UPU for organising the event, “which is geared at promoting love and unity in the Urhobo nation,” asserted, “the UPU has acquitted itself as one of the few credible, reputable and enduring socio-cultural organisations with clear focus, unambiguous objectives, proven track record and visionary leadership and I am firmly persuaded that we need more of such upstanding socio-cultural groups to celebrate our cultural diversity, enhance inter-ethnic harmony and advance community development.”

The Governor who expressed his belief in one Delta saying, “I am firmly persuaded that the creation of Delta State was not an accident of history or a product of political miscalculation but, divine providence at work,” emphasised, “I have every reason to consider myself as part of the Urhobo nation; the acceptance and goodwill I received prior to and during the 2015 governorship election were unprecedented and, indeed, humbling; I won majority of the total votes cast in Delta Central, sparking widespread jubilation of a new dawn of unity and progress in Delta State.”

“My victory was possible because the Urhobos believed in my pan-Deltan ideology and historical antecedent of building bridges and forging political alliances across ethnic barriers and beyond primordial considerations,” the Governor who arrived the venue of the event with former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori said.

Earlier in an address, the President-General of UPU worldwide, Olorogun (Dr.) Moses Taiga, reeled out the achievements of the UPU, and commended the Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for different ethnic groups in the state to work in unison for the development of the state.

High point of the event was the unveiling of Urhobo language curriculum for schools.


Sustain Existing Peace In The State, Okowa Urges Deltans

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Deltans to sustain the existing peace in the state.

The governor made the call yesterday while speaking with journalists shortly after a closed-door security meeting he had with security chiefs in the state. The security meeting held at the Delta State Government House Annex, Warri, and came four days after Governor Okowa resumed work from his annual leave.

According to the governor, “I am very happy that the state is peaceful; in particular, the creeks of the state are peaceful, the security chiefs have briefed me about the security situation in the state and we are happy that the state is peaceful. In particular, the security chiefs commended the roles played by the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom in ensuring that there is peace in the riverine communities.”

“Peace has returned to our state, our people should sustain the peace because, we have a lot to benefit by having a peaceful environment and, as a government, we will continue to deepen those things that will make us more peaceful, united and happy as a people,” the governor said.

Answering questions about what members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) were doing at the venue of the meeting, the Governor said, “we are interested in peace; the tenure of the chairman of the association is about to elapse and as a government that is committed to peaceful co-existence, we invited members of the union to ask them to go about their activities without heating up the polity or engage in any activity that will lead to disaffection among them.”

Youths in Delta have been charged to always believe in themselves and their capabilities in order to be successful and significant to the society.

The charge was given by Patriot Laurence Nezianya, Nigerian Peace Corps Commandant, Oshimili North Local Government Area during a One-day workshop tagged “Motivation on Confidence Building” organised by the Peace Corps members of Oshimili North.

Patriot Nezianya also stated that the youths should embrace the various skills available to them and be more industrious in order to be self reliant as well as solution providers.

He also pointed out that most of the youths were not ready to struggle or suffer and stressed that those who can not suffer cannot grow or improve. He however urged the youths not to allow criticism weigh them down, rather they should perceive it as an avenue to correct and improve themselves.

Speaking further, Patriot Nezianya, reiterated that the Nigerian Peace Corps were called to duty to serve their father land, adding that confidence was all it would take to excel.

He also implored every Peace Corps member to dress smartly in order to promote the image of the Nigerian Peace Corps.

According to him, the next duty call is to visit the various secondary schools in Oshimili North Local Government Area, and sensitize them on ” The negative effects of cultism on the youths and the society”.

Threat To Oil Facilities: Okowa Appeals To Avengers To Sheathe Sword

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has sent a passionate appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers not to embark on further attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

Okowa made the appeal in a statement issued on Monday in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu wherein he noted that Deltans will lose more if the group make good their latest threat to withdraw from further cooperation with the federal government and begin massive attacks on oil facilities.

“We passionately appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers not to resume hostilities, because Deltans will be the greatest losers. We are barely recovering from the effect of previous attacks and it is our honest appeal that they still give peace a chance by allowing for peaceful engagements with the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

“This appeal for peace remains imperative, because without the atmosphere of peace, no meaningful negotiations and development can take place, adding “resumption of hostilities will not be in the interest of our people but a major set back to the plans and aspirations of the state.

“We have continued to appreciate our brothers in the struggle for their continued patience and cooperation while we engage the Federal Government on ways to attend to the various issues being raised by the group.

“As a state, we have made several interventions to make life more meaningful for oil producing communities especially in the area of road construction in the creeks and without the enabling peace we cannot progress in that direction.” he said.

Okowa Says Kidnapping, Security Challenges On Downward Trend In Delta

KIDNAPPING and other security issues are on downward trend in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said.

The Governor made the disclosure while addressing journalists on the outcome of security council meeting held in Warri.  Deputy Governor Burutu Otuaro attended the meeting with heads of different security agencies in the state.

According to the Governor, “every two weeks, we sit with security chiefs to analyze security situation in the state, today, it was heartwarming to note that issues of kidnapping and other security challenges came up, it was discovered that they are on downward trend.”

He observed that the synergy between security agencies operating in the state, especially in the area of sharing of information has helped a lot to ensure a peaceful state, assuring that his administration would continue to encourage the good working relationship between the agencies.

Governor Ookowa commended Traditional and other community leaders for effectively collaborating with the state government to continuously engage the youths towards ensuring sustained peace in the state.

The Governor, however, noted that activities of oil bunkerers are still on despite the destruction of several of their facilities by security operatives. He, however, stated that measures have been put in place to checkmate the activities of oil thieves

On the issue of Ogulaghha Community and the threat to oil operation activities in the area, the Governor said, the issues at stake have been resolved, adding that the Deputy Governor, Barr. Burutu Otuaro has been mandated to carry on with advocacy visits in the area to consolidate on the resolutions reached.

Gov. Okowa Decries Renewed Violence Between Igbide, Okpolo-Enwhe Communities

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday lamented renewed hostilities between Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe communities in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Governor who was piqued by the recent spate of violence, killings and wanton destruction of properties worth millions of Naira, warned that Government will deal decisively with perpetrators of the renewed violence.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Charles Aniagwu, the Governor condemned in totality the renewed violence despite governments’ effort in resolving the protracted land dispute.

The statement read in part: “The attention of the Delta State Government has been brought to the renewed hostilities between Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe communities in Isoko South Local Government Area. Government is seriously worried by the intensity of the renewed attacks on both communities which have culminated in wanton loss of life and properties”.

The Governor regrets the displacement of families, businesses and has directed security agencies to promptly investigate and ensure the prosecution of the culprits in the renewed communal clashes in Igbide and Okpolo-Enwhe, where several lives have reportedly been lost.

Governor Okowa condoles with those who lost their loved ones in the violence and commiserates with the government and people of Isoko South Local Government Area over the unfortunate incident.

He further called on the two communities to live in harmony, remain calm and keep the peace while investigations progress and assured that the perpetrators of the acts of violence will be identified and brought to book according to law.

While strongly condemning the killings and other acts of violence that have been perpetuated in the communities, the Governor emphasises that resorting to acts of violence as a form of redress over grievances by any group of people anywhere in the state will not be tolerated or condoned by the State Government.

Such unlawful pursuit of redress and despicable expression of grievances shall be firmly punished in line with extant laws.

“Deploy More Police Officers To States”- Okowa Urges FG

Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for improved police manpower deployment to check security issues in the country.

Speaking in Asaba when he, accompanied by the Speaker, Delta State House Of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, decorated his orderly, Mr. David Ebute with his new rank of Police lnspector, Governor Okowa said that there is the need to deploy more manpower to areas of identified shortage so as to consolidate on established peace and security in the country.

“The police in Delta State is doing very well giving the shortage of manpower, it is my hope and belief that with the recent recruitment into the police force more manpower will be sent to the state to cover the various identified black spots and improve on the live and security of the people. A nation with a growing population like Nigeria needs to improve on the manpower and equip the police so as to fight crime and maintain peace and security.” he said.

He called for the strengthening and regulation of neighbourhood watch and vigilante groups so as to provide intelligence and security information to the police in their communities, stressing; “There is the need to look at the community policing and neighbourhood watch, we are working with the House of Assembly to pass the neighbourhood watch and vigilante bill so as to give the police more intelligence and information in our communities. The neighbourhood watch will help the police to handle various security issues in these communities.”

While expressing satisfaction with the handling of security issues at the last National Economic Council Meeting, Governor Okowa reiterated that the synergy amongst security agencies in the state has reduced crime drastically.

He commended Mr. Ebute, for his discipline and hardwork which had earned him the promotion urging him to see it as a call to greater duty and service.

In his response, Mr. Ebute thanked Governor Okowa and the Police Force for the opportunity to serve promising to continue to be diligent in his duties.