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Innocent citizens would not be made to suffer – Oborevwori

…Visits troubled community


The Governor of Delta State, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has assured the people of Okuama community of Ewu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state where 17 military officers and soldiers on a peace mission to the community were killed that “innocent citizens would not be made to suffer for what they know nothing about”.


Oborevwori assured when he visited the community for the first time since the ugly incident on Saturday after he had earlier been allegedly denied access to the community by the military last month.

The boat conveying the Governor and his delegation to Okuama reportedly took off from the jetty of the Nigerian Port Authority in Warri on Saturday morning.

In the governor’s entourage were top members of his cabinet as well as heads of security agencies in the state.

The Governor was escorted to the community by operatives of the military Joint Task Force.

It will be recalled that the Okuama community had been cordoned off by the military authorities since the March 14 tragic incident which claimed the lives of the soldiers and some civilians.

Oborevwori, during a visit to President Bola Tinubu last month, had told State House correspondents that he had not visited the community because the entire area had been deserted by residents following the military operation in the area.

Recall that on March 14, 17 military personnel including a lieutenant colonel, two majors and a captain were reportedly ambushed and gruesomely murdered around the Okuama community while on a peace mission over a disputed portion of land between Okuama, an Urhobo community and Okoloba, an Ijaw community on March 17.

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