March 23, 2017

Probe alleged helicopter supplies to herdsmen —Delta lawmaker


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…..As Police dismiss allegation

By Emma Amaize

ASABA—A member of Delta State House of Assembly, representing Ethiope East Local Government Area, Chief Evance Ivwurie, has    again called on security agencies to properly investigate the claim by villagers that an unidentified helicopter was allegedly dropping supplies to herdsmen at Ovre-Eku/Abraka axis in his constituency.

Ivwurie said that he had to speak out because security agents and members of the public had inundated him with calls over the said ‘unidentified helicopter.’

Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer, in the state Mr Andrew Aniamaka, had, in an earlier announcement,  dismissed the rumoured helicopter supplies, saying: “The command wishes to state unequivocally that a thorough enquiry conducted, following the purported claim credited to Ivwurie, revealed the claim as highlighted in the report to be false, baseless, reckless and misleading.”

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The lawmaker, who insisted on a matter-of-fact investigation, said: “My constituents also briefed me on the daily attacks and molestation they are receiving from soldiers deployed to Presco Plc in the area.

“My attention has been drawn to a report in some sections of the media where I was apparently quoted out of context to have said I sighted an unidentified helicopter dropping supplies to herdsmen at the barren area of Ovre-Abraka and Ovre-Eku in Ethiope East council.

“Sometime in March 2016, I was briefed by my constituents, residing across Ethiope East Mainland, towns/villages and Ethiope East hinterlands, Ovre-Eku/Abraka/Igun of the sighting by some of them of an unspecified helicopter said to be dropping supplies in the same Ovre-Eku/Abraka axis.

“I did not and I never raised alarm that I personally sighted or that I was there and saw an unidentified helicopter. As I have told the DSS and the Police, my constituents brought the information to me.”

and they bring me all kinds of information regarding their experiences and what is going on, and it is my duty to evaluate them.

“I have not behaved inappropriately as I have sufficient information to support my claim that my constituents duly reported to me and indeed informed me that an unidentified helicopter usually land in Ovre’ Eku/Abraka axis and it was not a classified report and that is why I refused to jeopardize the information.

“On a final note, it is based on the above premise that I urge the security agencies to properly investigate the activities of Presco Plc and the criminal elements of the herdsmen and bring those of them culpable of any criminality to book.”

The police in its statement, pointed that Ovre-Abraka is a forest reserve area temporarily inhabited by a minimal number of herdsmen, who have been living peacefully with the community and enjoined members of the public to ignore the baseless information and continue to live peacefully with one another.”