- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is hopeful that a major communal dispute in Delta state will come to an end soon
- The governor made the comment while receiving a report on the communal clashes that have claimed lives in the past
- The dispute is between Ozoro and Oleh communities in Isoko North and Isoko South local government areas of the state
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, April 20 advised citizens and communities to eschew hostilities, especially ones associated with land ownership, saying no amount of land was worth the blood of any Deltan.
Okowa gave the advice in Asaba while receiving the report of the judicial commission of enquiry into the boundary dispute between Ozoro and Oleh communities in Isoko North and Isoko South local government areas of the state.
According to him, there is no amount of land that should actually lead to the death of any person whether the person is from Oleh, Ozoro or any other part of the state.
The governor assured that the commission’s report would be processed with a view to raising a White Paper that would permanently resolve the boundary dispute between both feuding communities.
He commended the chairman and members of the judicial commission for turning in their report on time and expressed hope that the findings and recommendations of the commission would help significantly in engendering peaceful co-existence in the two communities.
“I am glad that Deltans have begun to realise that under an atmosphere of peace, there is a lot that we can collectively enjoy; there is a lot that we can collectively achieve as a state, as a government and as a people.”
Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has said that the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to Nigeria's corporate existence.
Irabor disclosed this on Thursday, April 15 while addressing journalists after a courtesy visit to Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba.
He said the presidential directive to shoot-at-sight anyone with an AK-47 rifle was very clear and must be enforced, adding that Nigeria as a country forbade illegal bearing of arms.
Governor Okowa had earlier congratulated General Irabor on his appointment as the CDS by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26.
The governor noted that the sacrifices of General Irabor towards peace and progress of the nation, especially his acknowledged gallantry at assignments, were outstanding.