By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE father of one of the Ijaw workers allegedly shot dead by soldiers at Escravos Gas-To-Liquid (EGTL) project site, Mr. Aken Tonfawei, yesterday, allegedly committed suicide at his hometown, Ogbe-Ijoh, in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
This comes as the state governmentâ€™s delegation, led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, paid a condolence visit to the family.
Vanguard authoritatively gathered that the man, Mr. Solomon Tonfawei, was the only son of the father and bore eight children.
He was allegedly shot dead alongside another Ijaw youth and an Itsekiri youth by soldiers deployed at the company’s site, following a minor misunderstanding between the management and the workers.
Workers at the project site told Vanguard that nobody was allowed by the law to shoot any gun at the project site, adding that they were just returning to their closed camp resident after work when the misunderstanding occurred.
The misunderstanding between the firm and its workers was said to have infuriated the security operatives who opened fire on the innocent and harmless workers.
Meanwhile, the workers told Vanguard yesterday that soldiers have held all of them hostage at the site, just as some of the injured workers have been transferred to a private clinic, from Chevron Clinic, for treatment as they are not direct staff of Chevron Nigeria Limited.
It was further learnt that the government’s delegation, led by the SSG, was accompanied by a commissioner of Ijaw extraction, Mr. Frank Omare and others, who promised to get to the root of the matter and proffer suitable solutions acceptable to all parties.
They were also said to have commiserated with the Tonfawei family and entire Ogbe-Ijoh people for the loss of a key member of the family.