A Delta state-based human rights group, Conscience Of Delta (CD) has criticised the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for retaining his Special Assistant (SA) on Security Matters, Sunday Okoro, who is claimed to be standing trial for alleged a number of homicide, arson, and kidnapping.
A group of policemen from Force Headquarters, Abuja had in September 2021 arrested Okowa’s Special Assistant (SA) on Security Matters, Sunday Okoro Ukwejemifor (AKA G1), who’s allegedly the gang chief of the dreaded ‘White Ladder’ cult group, which has been terrorising Sapele and its environs.
Okoro, mentioned to have been on the safety watch checklist since 2009 due to his alleged involvement in kidnappings, arson, unresolved murders, armed robberies, amongst others, was arrested alongside six others; Tobore, Romeo Okoro, Precious Oghaje, Blessing Isaba, Eseoghene Ogheneovo, and Iwarri Mosco.
It was gathered that whereas a few of the above-mentioned suspects had been granted bail after a police investigation, Okoro was charged to court docket over alleged a number of homicide and different legal circumstances on the FCT High Court and High Court in Nasarawa state.
He is being remanded in a correctional centre in Abuja, awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, the group, Conscience Of Delta (CD) has condemned the governor’s angle to the matter.
It accused the governor of retaining a “dreaded criminal who has over four unresolved murder cases hanging on his neck as special assistant on security matters”.
“Over five families petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), leading to the arrest and arraignment of Sunday Okoro for alleged kidnapping, murder of Lucky Tetebe, Tikaraye Miller and Ikpen Famous Okuma, arson and assassination attempts and an act of terrorism,” an announcement by the group mentioned.
In the assertion signed by the President of CD, Odafe James, and its publicity secretary, Abeke Prince, the group famous that in a petition dated “9th October 2020, addressed to the Inspector General of Police, by Mr. Ovwigho Efejotor, alleged that Sunday Okoro (AKA GI), Ochuko Omofeye, Kenneth Omare and one other allegedly murdered Mr. Famous Okuma Ekpen.”
It continued, “In one other petition to the IGP dated October 9, 2020, by the mom of Lucky Oghenebrorie Tetebe, Mrs. Elizabeth Ighome, she alleged that Sunday Okoro (AKA GI), Ochuko Omofeye and their cohorts on May 5, 2009, burnt down their home, and that when the case was reported to the police, the police authority in Delta didn’t arrest the suspect.
“She additional alleged in her petition that on October 17, 2019, Sunday Okoro (AKA GI), Ochuko Omofeye and their cohorts allegedly killed her son, Lucky Oghenebrorie Tetebe, at New Road Junction, by Total Filling Station, and that each one efforts to convey the mentioned Okoro to justice have met brick wall as a result of he’s being shielded by highly effective politicians within the state.
“Another petition addressed to the IGP dated twenty fifth October 2020 by Mr. Newworld Akpojevughe, alleged menace to life, abduction and homicide of his youthful brother, Tikaraye Miller Akpojevughe by Sunday Okoro (Alias GI), a frontrunner of a lethal cult group, White Ladder, on August 24, 2009, at about 4: 30 pm at their household compound close to Okpe Grammar School, Sapele and since his abduction, he has not been seen.”
According to the group, allegations from some quarters that Okoro is being illegally detained are false.
It said “Okoro is being reminded in a correctional centre, awaiting his trial. So, we’re calling on our governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to as a matter of urgency and significance sack Sunday Okoro, to point out that the state authorities just isn’t backing him and thereafter, disassociate the state authorities from him”.
The group accused the Okowa-led government of serving as a “protect for him to evade prosecution up to now” whereas noting that the legislation needs to be allowed to take its course.