By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—CHIEF Newton Agbofodon, the Unuevworo of Ekpan, in Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, has appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to forgive whatever wrong he and others in the community might have done, so as to steer the community from renewed crisis.
The community head, in his Easter message, yesterday, said that the appeal had become imperative following feelers that the governor may not be happy with him over his perceived role in the rancour that had defined party politics and communal leadership in Ekpan in recent times.
To the governor, Chief Agbofodoh said: “I have been briefed by the Palace in Uvwie on your advice to me. I am your boy and remain your boy till date. What seems as misunderstanding is a communication gap and the antics of rumour mongers.
“I beg for forgiveness in areas you feel offended. I pledge my loyalty to you and your government and appeal for audience with you to chart a way forward. Forgive me and the entire Ekpan people in the spirit of Easter.”
Agbofodoh exonerated the Nigerian Army and Police in the destruction left in the wake of the security operatives’ raid on his home and other quarters in the community in an exercise to mop up arms.
He said, “The army were not the ones who pillaged my home during their arms mop up. It was immediately after they left that hoodlums cashed in to vandalise and loot my property.
“I am also vindicated that the security teams didn’t find any incriminating object during their raid in my home. It is imperative that the Inspector General of Police looks into the damage done to my property over the incident.”