Paul Osuyi, Asaba
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has condemned in strong terms the killing of Lawrence Ngozi Ijei, Special Assistant on Youth Development to Governor, by suspected assailants on Friday.
Governor Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu on Saturday in Asaba said he was deeply saddened by the untimely death of his aide who was killed by yet to be identified gunmen in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the death of Mr. Lawrence Ngozi Ijei, who was my aide until his untimely demise. I condole with his wife and family and urge security agencies to investigate the unfortunate incidence with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We have alerted the security agencies to some disturbing security situation in parts of the state and wonder what they are doing because this information was made available to them.
“We urge Deltans to remain peaceful and maintain the existing peace we have built in the last three and half years,” he added.
Governor Okowa called on the security agencies to dig deep into the unfortunate incident with a view to apprehending those behind the action.
The deceased was reportedly shot dead by gunmen on Friday around Ekpan in Uvwie Local Government Area of the state. He was said to be returning from an outing with his girlfriend when the assailants ambushed him and shot him in the head and chest region.
Although, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Oresewezie Chuks could not confirm the incident, multiple military sources confirmed it on Saturday morning. Also, a police source in the area confirmed the development.