Okonwa’s aide shot dead in Delta

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By Temitope Owotoki

A Special Adviser to Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa identified simply as Ngozi Ijei was shot dead in Ekpan, Uvwie local government area of the state last night.

His death has led to fear and tension in the area. The late Ngozi was believed to be a key player in the political unrest in the area since the last decade.  Before he was appointed by Okowa in 2016, Ngozi was standing trial for sundry crimes, including murder, but was controversially released from prison before being appointed SA on Community and Youth Affairs to the governor.

His murder last night was the latest in a bloody chapter which has seen a spike in insecurity in Ekpan and Jakpa Road areas of Uvwie LGA.

There are reports that youths were mobilizing as at the time of this report to attack perceived enemies of the deceased and burn down their properties.

At least six persons were killed in the area in the last couple of weeks in the latest upsurge of violence before the botched February 16 general elections.

Uvwie is usually a hotbed of crisis since 2003, because of the usual contending political forces and interests of key players in the Urhobo community.

Great Ogboru, the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has a strong fellowship in the area, and in his 2003 failed contest with then-incumbent James Ibori, dozens of houses were burnt in Uvwie by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ogbodu’s then Alliance for Democracy. (a,b,c){va

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