Vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, described as unfortunate the killing of three of his security aides who were ambushed on Friday night by unknown gunmen along Ihiala-Orlu Road enroute Umuahia, Abia State.

Briefing newsmen in Asaba, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, described the killing of the police officers, Inspector Lucky Aleh, Inspector Celestine Nwadiokwu and Inspector Jude Obuh, attached to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit of the Government House Asaba, as barbaric and unacceptable in a country seeking to be united again for peace and development.

While saying that the late officers would be greatly missed for their contributions to the peace and development of Delta, Aniagwu commiserated with the state Police Command and families of the officers.

He said: “We bring you the sad news of our very gallant officers who have helped us in maintaining peace in our state attached to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal EOD in Government House, Asaba.

“The officers met their untimely death while they were proceeding as advanced team for the PDP National Campaign Rally in Abia, 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 enroute Umuahia by non-state actors who eventually killed three of them in police uniform while the one on mufti escaped.

“We have recovered their corpse and we have also reached out to their families,”

The Commissioner said some accounts of the incident trending on social media was untrue, adding that the state government delayed announcing their untimely death because efforts were being made to reach their families before making the announcement.


He called on 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.

“What is happening in parts of this country today, particularly in the South-East, is not healthy for our development as a country because the elections are very very close,” Aniagwu stated.

“The security we are asking for are not just for the purpose of the elections. It is also something that everybody wants. We should be able to have security at every given time; that way, we would have development.

“We must also plead with our brothers and sisters who may have taken guns on the account of what they see as agitation to know that the best way to help our people, is to allow peace to reign. That way development will take place in the South-East.

“Our people in the South East are very very industrious, they are commerce oriented and have developed love for one another over the years.

“We will plead with these our brothers to allow this kind of love that permeated the atmosphere in the time past in the South East, to continue to pervade that environment.

“That way, they are able to ensure that government will bring development to them and also able to ensure that private sector investments would thrive”.


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