Charles Nwoke, Asaba, Nigeria
January 26, 2021
Unidentified gunmen have reportedly slain an army officer and a policeman in a military checkpoint at Oton Community in Sapele, Delta State.
It was gathered that the gunmen came with a speedboat through the Oton River and shot the officers of the law at the checkpoint on Sunday night.
A security source confirmed the attack, saying one military officer and a policeman were killed, but the situation was still not clear on what could be the cause of the attack.
In another development, armed bandits killed one Frank E. Nikoro near Water Resources junction along the Warri-Sapele road in Uvwie Council of the state during the weekend.
The source said, “The deceased was killed in front of Stanbic IBTC Bank near Water Resources junction along the Warri-Sapele road.
“His killers trailed him to the bank where he parked his car and shot him at close range while attempting to run and he died on the spot.”
DSP Oneme Onovughagbogaye, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Delta State Police Command, when contacted, confirmed the unfortunate incidents, saying the police are already investigating the killings.
Meanwhile, hundreds of aggressive PDP Youths in Ward 7, Nsukwa/Ashama Clan, Aniocha South Council, yesterday, besieged Government House, Asaba to protest what they described as marginalization against them over the years.
The protest, which lasted hours, almost disrupted government activities. Armed with placards bearing inscriptions such as Nsukwa Is Long Overdue For Appointments, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa End Nsukwa Political Marginalisation and Nsukwa Is Your Maternal Home, among others, they said the PDP-led government had denied them government appointments at the state and council levels since 1999.
Spokesman of the protesting youths, Kingsley Uchenna, noted the atrocity of these delayed state and council appointments.
“It is appalling that since 1999, there has not been any appointment of any person from Ward 7 at the state and local government levels, while other wards around Nsukwa Clan have had several political appointments,” said Uchenna.
Uchenna lamented that the recent Vice Chairmanship position zoned to Nsukwa was given to Ward 9 (Isheagu/Ewulu), specifically the daughter of Joe Adigwe, who is an appointee of the Okowa administration.
He noted with sadness that Adigwe and other PDP leaders were behind the obvious malpractice being perpetrated against them in the scheme of things, but appealed to the governor to reverse the nomination of the Vice Chairmanship position to Ward 7 for fairness and equity.
Responding, Austin Oniawa, the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to Governor Okowa on Political Matters, commended the youths for the peaceful protest and assured that the governor would address their concerns soon as possible.