..Sets to sue Okowa over negligence
A Native of Urhobo Nation, Olorogun Onoriode Esobito-Ineh has described the inability of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to visit the people of Uwheru kingdom over the recent herdsmen attack and killing over nine persons as negligence on the people he swore an oath to protect.
According to Esobito-Ineh, the protection of lives and properties is a major responsibility for the Chief Security Officer of any democratic institution. Delta state is no exception.
“Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa as the Chief Security Officer is supposed to guarantee the safety and security of all residents”.
Olorogun Onoriode Esobito-Ineh
He took a swipe on the insensitivity of the incumbent government to the plights of Deltans especially the security of lives and property, noting that the body language of the governor clearly shows the communication gap the government is suffering.
Said he: “However after the ‘Uwheru killings’ in mid February, the governor has given countless interviews without finding it necessary to sympathize with the victims and families by visiting Uwheru Kingdom.
“Leadership and empathy go hand in hand. It is no secret that there is a serious leadership vacuum in Asaba.
“I am a firm believer that every Urhobo life matters, those in Uwheru included. The governor should show empathy for victims and at least visit the communities affected by these recent killings. If it was a community in the North that lost many lives to such an attack, I know it will not take the governor close to one month to visit.
“While the Uwheru Kingdom might not be an oil producer, but we are PROUD farmers that know how to do one thing good, judge case”.
He disclosed that he is making his international, national and local contacts with lawyers to drag the federal government, the Okowa-led government, and local governments, including elected officials to court for failing in the constitutional obligations to the people.
His words: “That is why I am presently working out modalities with my lawyers in Toronto, Canada, and Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria to file a class-action lawsuit against the Okowa administration, local, state, and federal elected officials saddled with the responsibility to protect the lives and properties of the Uwheru people.
“Through this lawsuit, the Uwheru Kingdom and victims’ families will seek compensation for their pain and suffering brought by this ordeal.
He added that his thoughts and prayers are continuously with the families of victims that lost their lives in Uwheru, and all around the Urhobo Nation.