Delta state Commissioner representing Isoko ethnic nationality in the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Hon Oviemuno Oghoore on Monday thrown caution to dogs as he allegedly engaged his political thugs to attack a journalist on official assignment.
The journalist who work with an online newspaper, National Reformer was said to narrowly escaped death from the hand of the suspected thugs led by one of the aides of Oghoore.
The Commissioner’s aide, simply identified as Adaighofua Irikefe allegedly attacked the journalist while on his official assignment of covering a protest embarked on by the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, (JONPWD), Isoko South and North chapter.
Giving details of the assault on him, the journalist, Jerry Hezekiah narrated that he covering the protest by JONPWD over their alleged Christmas bonuses allegedly withheld when the attackers led by the commissioner’s pouch on him.
He said, “I was taking photographs shot of the protesters at the gate of the Commissioner’s residence at Ozoro before Irikefe an aide to the commissioner came from the house to seek my identity and immediately I introduced myself as Journalist. Before I could say Jack, he slapped and grabbed my android phone and smashed it on the ground.
“Despite my explanation, he turn a deaf ear, collected my android Tecno W2 phone with imei number 3527900819 21850 at Uruto Quarter, Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area , destoyed it and threatened to end my life.
“I escaped death through the people that were beging him not to kill me because he threatened to kill me and nothing will happen as his boss is in the system.”
“The protest which I was covering was against the release of the One million (N1, 000, 000) 2016/2017 Christmas bonus for the Isoko South and North JONAPWD members which according to the JONAPWD Isoko North Chairman, Simeon Ikuta was allegedly withheld by the DESOPADEC Honourable Commissioner.”
All effort to reach, the commissioner, Oviemuno Oghoore for comment by our reporter was unsuccessful as calls and text messages sent to his mobile phone were not replied as at the time of this report.