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Oleh Massacre: JOT Support Group pays condolence visit to Hon. Okperi, calls for thorough investigation



The JOT Support Group led by its Chairman, Hon. (Barr.) Silas Buowe has condemned in its entirety the gruesome killing of about twelve (12) people in Oleh and called on the government and security agencies to unleash full scale investigation on the matter and arrest the killers to serve as deterrence to others.

The group made the call on Sunday during a condolence visit to one of its leaders, Hon. (Barr.) Lucky Okperi who hired the twelve (12) labourers that were hacked to death to work on his farm in Ada bush in Oleh. JOT Support Group described the act as totally evil, inhuman and barbaric in recent history of Isokoland.

Speaking on behalf of the JOT Support Group, the Chairman Hon. (Barr.) Silas Buowe said “we are deeply touched and saddened by this unfortunate occurrence in Isokoland.

“It is unlike Isoko that at this age some people can still be this crude and callous.

“On behalf of our Principal, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas and the JOT Support Group, we condemn this act as most barbaric, inhuman and totally evil.

“We call on the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari to launch a full scale investigation on the matter to bring the perpetrators to book in order to avoid a reoccurrence of such barbarism in the future.”

While stressing that the JOT Support Group did not pay the condolence visit to take side with anybody or community, Hon. Silas Buowe said those that were killed were not fighting war but only went in search of their daily bread and as such the act must be strongly condemned. He added that anyone could have been the victim of the killers and prayed God to have mercy on the innocent souls of the victims and grant them eternal rest.

In his response, Hon. (Barr.) Lucky Okperi thanked the JOT Support Group for the visitation. He described the occurrence as “most surprising and devastating”, especially happening in the 21st century.

He noted that of the twelve (12) persons that were killed, seven (7) came from one family. Adding that the families of the victims, himself and the entire Oleh community has been in serious mourning since the day that the unfortunate incident happened in 16th October, 2020.

Okperi said that he had wanted to visit the farm with some of his family members to ascertain the level of work done on the very day the ugly incidence took place but while he was still making arrangements, the sad call came in that the innocent labourers have been killed in cold blood.

“As the Lord lives, I am certain that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to book.

“The police is doing whatever is necessary to unveil the killers and ensure that justice is served”, Okperi said.

Some of the personalities present during the condolence visit include Sir Sheriff Idebe, Chief Uyoyou Edhekpo, Dr. (Engr.) Omidih Lucksyn, Chief Benson Obrogo, Hon. Andrew Egunoma, Lucky Ejeke, David Idoghor, Eziomano Azagba, Clinton Akozor, Reuben Idoghor, Mrs Elo Okakoso, Obobolo Edward, Paul Ikpi, Oviri Kelvin Ozed, Divramredje Efeturi, Ahomafo Kelvin, Christopher Odiri, Izeghe Reuben, Philip Karo Oghogho, Mrs Caro Phillip, Earnest Ezuzu, Melford Abighe, Okolosi Kenneth, Omih Thankgod Omohoro, Iroh Fidelis, Igo Lucky, Ibikoro Victor, Isiki Moses, Ogoh Ogheneyole, Mc Paul, among others.

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