A former State Coordinator of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), for Delta, Edo and Rivers States, who had also served as Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue and chieftain of the APC, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, has condemned the reported gruesome murder of nine persons by yet-to-be established assailants in Oleh, Delta state.
The deceased were reportedly killed in their farm land located between Oleh and Ozoro road on the heels of the festering land dispute between Oleh and Ozoro, both oil producing communities in the state.
Reacting to the killings, Onowakpo, in a post made on his twitter handle, called on the Delta State Government and the Security agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killings with the view of fishing out the perpetrators.
He wrote: “What has happened in the Isoko ethnic nationality where unknown person(s) have killed over nine(9) indigenes of Oleh community in the most cruel manner as a result of land dispute is condemnable”.
The APC candidate for the 2019 Isoko Federal Constituency, said that the attack was alien to the Isoko people, noting that the incident needed to be thoroughly investigated.
“This is alien to the Isoko people and should be condemned by all well meaning persons. I am appealing to the State Government and the Security agencies to get to the root of this immediately to avoid a complete breakdown of law and order”.
While saying that the incident was condemnable, Onowakpo, however condoled the bereaved families and appealed to residents of both communities to remain calm and allow government handle the situation to avoid break down of law and order.