Okuama: One Sided Investigation And Two Other Things

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By Julius Oweh

Following the gruesome killing of some soldiers in Okuama, Ughelli South LGA and the levelling of the village by soldiers, the military defence headquarters set up investigation panel.

The panel started public sitting in Warri within the week.


Firstly, the military investigation panel is wrong.

It is making the military to be judge in its case.

There ought be an independent investigation panel for fairness, justice and equity.

Secondly, there was no lawyer representing the Okuama community.

Even the community said that they would not send a representative as long as their king is in military custody.

As the late MKO Abiola would say, you cannot shave one’s hair in his absence.

It is only an independent investigation panel that could get to the bottom of the rot.

Is Oborevwori Media Shy?


One thing that has been agitating the minds of journalists in Asaba is their inability to access Governor Sheriff Oborevwori via quarterly media briefing.

Two issues come to mind.

After INEC declaration of Oborevwori as governor elect, reporters expected him to talk to them.

He merely smiled and greeted them

The recent one is budget presentation at the State House of Assembly.

It is a tradition that after the budget presentation, governors would speak to reporters waiting.

Oborevwori answered one question and zoned off.

Since then the rumour mill went on frenzy drive and conjectures.

The Pond News refused to believe the insinuation that the governor lacks the capacity to speak to the press without text.

The Information Commissioner and the chief press secretary should convince their principal on the importance of governor interactive session with the media.

Apart from hearing directly from the governor, it is an opportunity for reporters to benefit from democratic dividends.

Punishing Asaba commuters

It is becoming a crime in Asaba to be poor, that is what the Ministry of Transport is saying loud and clear by the restrictive movement of Keke.

Commuters on Summit Road and Ibusa Road are so maltreated.

For Commuters along Summit Road, you have to stop almost kilometre to the end of Summit Road junction .

Under the blazing sun, they have to trek the distance, some time with their loads.

The distance on Ibusa Road is even longer.

And you have to trek almost ten minutes to the Koka junction.

The Pond News believes that is not the best way to control traffic or prevent road accidents.

It is simply wickedness and brazen display of naked power.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori should call the Ministry of Transport to order.

Asaba commuters are passing through hell


Julius Oweh is the publisher;

Pond News Online






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