Okowa mourns security aides killed by gunmen
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has commiserated with the state Police Command and families of police officers killed by gunmen in Anambra State.
The officers, Inspectors Lucky Aleh, Celestine Nwadiokwu, and Jude Obuh, attached to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit in Government House, Asaba, were ambushed and killed around 1.30 pm on Friday, by gunmen along Ihiala-Orlu Road en route Umuahia on official duty.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, while briefing journalists in Asaba on the sad development, said that the late officers would be greatly missed for their contributions to the peace and development of Delta State, describing the incident as barbaric and unacceptable in a country seeking to be united again for peace and development.
According to him: “The officers met their untimely death while they were proceeding as an advanced team for the PDP National Campaign Rally in Abia State. Unfortunately, this particular team veered off from the convoy and took another route different from where the convoy was taking.
“They were ambushed along the Ihiala-Orlu road en route Umuahia by non-state actors who eventually killed three of them in police uniform, while the one on mufti escaped. We have recovered their bodies and we have also reached out to their families.”
He said that some accounts of the incident trending on social media were untrue, adding that the state government delayed making their death public because efforts were being made to reach out to their families before making the announcement.
He charged security agencies in the country to fish out the killers and bring them to book so that Nigerians can once again live peacefully in any part of the country.
“It is unfortunate that these gallant officers, just like many others, have also lost their lives in the past on account of the activities of individuals who describe themselves today as ‘unknown gunmen.’
“We are pleading with them to sheath their swords and begin to allow that love of which the people of the SouthEast have been known for over the years so that as a people, we will continue to coexist.
“We pray the good Lord Almighty to accept the souls of these our loved ones who have passed on due to no fault of theirs. We also pray that God gives their families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, even as we seek justice on their behalf, both as a government, as a state, and as a people,” Aniagwu stated.