Our attention has been drawn to a news report published in Sahara Reporters alleging that the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa ordered the police to release a suspected murderer. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Our first instinct, upon reading the false, misleading and patently malicious report was to ignore it in its entirety and not dignify it with a response. Our initial position was not only informed by the track record of Sahara Reporter’s penchant for wilfully maligning political office holders who they consider as belonging to persuasions other than their approved, yet hypocritical “Progressive Elements”, but more so those who appear un-amenable to their whims and caprices. We were also guided by Sahara Reporter’s proven personal and unprovoked disdain for the person of Governor Okowa as evidenced by the catalogue of malicious publications against him even before he was popularly elected as the Chief Executive of Delta state.
Perhaps, it is pertinent to add that DURING THE 2015 ELECTIONEERING CAMPAIGNS, we were compelled to ignore these reports as we felt they were the handiwork of political opponents. However, this latest onslaught appears to prove our suspicions as clearly unfounded. What is however undeniable, is the personal, unprovoked animosity of this medium against Senator Okowa, going by the established patterns of mudslinging against him.
Against the backdrop of the age-old adage that too many lies when left unchallenged begin to wear the garb of truth, we are under a solemn obligation to put THE RECORDS straight for THE BENEFIT OF the UNSUSPECTING READERS AND MEMBERS OF THE General PUBLIC. We therefore make bold to state that GOVERNOR OKOWA DID NOT ORDER THE POLICE TO RELEASE ANYBODY CHARGED FOR ALLEGED MURDER. THE ALLEGATION IS AT BEST, A FIGMENT of the very fertile IMAGINATION OF THE AUTHORS, fuelled as it were, by the rabid animosity of Sahara Reporters to Senator Okowa.
Moreover, the allegations portray the Nigeria Police as a spineless, unprofessional, willing appendage of the state governor. This is not only an untrue and uncomplimentary footnote on the Police Force, but also not really representative of the Nigeria Police which we know is independent of the state governor, very professional in the discharge of its duties and highly disciplined. It is indeed unfortunate that in the unbridled quest to tar governor Okowa with a black brush, Sahara Reporters have unwittingly dragged the image of a very respected and reputable state institution in the mud. This must be condemned in the strongest of terms.
It is also trite to point out that prior TO HIS EMERGENCE AS THE GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, SENATOR OKOWA HAD ALWAYS EMPHASISED THE need for the strict ADHERENCE TO THE RULE OF LAW, due process AND the tartan RESPECT FOR THE PROSECUTORIAL POWERS OF SECURITY AGENCIES. IT IS THEREFORE NOT CONCIEVABLE THAT HE WILL DO OTHERWISE NOW THAT HE HAS BECOME THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER OF THE STATE. To be sure, Governor Okowa has not, and will not do anything that is capable of obstructing the cause of justice in any criminal matter, talk less of a murder inquiry.
OBVIOUSLY, THE ALLEGATION is AT BEST ANOTHER FUTILE EFFORT BY SOME PERSONS, working in cohort with, and riding on the platform enthusiastically provided by Sahara Reporters to impugn the image and integrity of an innocent man and TO DISTRACT him (GOVERNOR OKOWA) FROM EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTING THE “PROSPERITY FOR ALL DELTANS AGENDA”.
AT THE RISK OF SOUNDING REPETITIVE, GOVERNOR OKOWA HAS VOWED TO KEEP FAITH WITH THE PROMISE HE MADE TO DELTANS AND NO CAMPAIGN OF CALUMNY WILL divert HIS FOCUS
Mr. Aniagwu Charles
Chief Press Secretary