- Thursday, January 28, was indeed a sad day for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
- It was the day he lost his father, Okorie Okowa
- Late Okorie died in Asaba, the state capital at 88 years
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Emerging reports indicate and confirm that the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, has lost his father, Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa, to the cold hands of death.
A government statement seen by Legit.ng indicates that Okowa's father died in the early hours of Thursday, January 28.
Also, a post from Vanguard said late Okowa who hailed from Owa-Alero, Ika North East local government area of the state died at the age of 88 years at Asaba, the state capital.
He was fondly called AOU, an acronym for the Okpara-Uku of Owa-Alero.
Although the cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, a family source told journalists that the governor's father has been battling with sickness for a while.
Meanwhile, Okowa had congratulated Major-General Lucky Irabor on his appointment as Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa said that the sacrifices of the new Defence chief towards peace and progress of the nation, especially his acknowledged gallantry at assignments, were outstanding.
He thanked Buhari for appointing an illustrious son of Delta into the exalted position of CDS, and said that it was an elevated responsibility given to a deserving officer.
According to the Delta governor, Irabor, who hails from Agbor in Delta, has the requisite experience for his new job having served as Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Doyle Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and other key positions in the Nigerian military.
Okowa urged Irabor to ensure that under his watch, Nigeria would record improvement in military-civil relations, adding that he should continue to uphold the territorial integrity of the nation.