Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned the recent killing of Nigerian soldiers and other civilians, who were going about their business, in a houseboat attack, in Omadino, Warri South, Delta State, by suspected militants.
In a statement given by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Governor Okowa noted that this killing was criminal, as nothing justifies the taking of innocent lives.
“Your activities could turn Delta state into a theatre of war and this portends great danger to the entire populace, 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.
Governor Okowa, noted that no society can develop in an atmosphere of chaos and criminality, and that no government would fold its hands in the face of this high level of utter disregard for the sanctity of human lives, and called on Deltans to rally round government to bring the perpetrators to book.
“For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on people of Delta State to rise up and condemn the activities of these militants and to also offer their best counsel and commitment towards resolving this crisis”. Governor Okowa said.
He extended the condolences of his family and the people of Delta State to the families of the victims and prayed God to grant them the grace to bear their loss. He also urged the security agencies to do everything in their power to bring the culprits to book.
Governor Okowa also advised members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace dialogue as a means of resolving the crisis, adding that a peaceful and secure Delta State is what is needed for development to thrive.