ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to as a matter of urgency direct the Commissioner of Police to investigate and arrest the killers of one Mr Edirin Ogwu who was murdered on March 9, 2019 at Iwhrekan community in Ughelli South.
The resolution followed a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by the member representing Ughelli South Constituency, Hon. Reuben Izeze seconded by Hon. Samuel Mariere and adopted at Wednesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
Opening debate, Hon Reuben Izeze said the right to life as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended is the most fundamental rights hence anything that bothers on murder should not be taken lightly.
He told the House that on March 9, 2019 some hoodlums tried to disrupt the general elections in Iwhrekan community but were resisted by indigenes of the community who later opened fire on the indigenes killing Mr Edirin Ogwu in the process.
The lawmaker said the community was worried that up to now the police had not done anything to investigate the matter though it was reported while the alleged killers are freely in the area thereby causing tension.
Hon Izeze said Iwhrekan community was host to some oil facilities and installations hence any breakdown of law and order would affect the nation’s economy stressing that the alleged killers of Mr Edirin Ogwu were boasting that they were above the law and urged the police to arrest and prosecute the alleged killers
Also speaking in favour of the motion, Hon Evance Ivwurie, Efe Oforbruku,Oboro Preyor, Peter Uviejitobor and Samuel Mariere said murder should not be trivialised adding that unless justice was done there would be tension in the community .
They said unless the police arrest and prosecute the alleged killers there could be breakdown of law and order which should not be allowed to happen.
The lawmakers argued that unless the police act fast, the death of Mr Edirin Ogwu could degenerate to other deaths as the family and friend may not fold their hands for too long .
The motion was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
Also at plenary the House received two reports from its Committees.
They are the reports on the Delta State Housing and Real Estate Bill presented by the Chairman House Committee on Housing and Women Affairs, Hon. Orezi Esievo and the report on the Delta State Criminal Bill presented by the Chairman House Committee on Rules, Business, Legal and Judicial Matters, Hon. Reuben Izeze .
The reports were adopted after their presentation.
The House has slated Tuesday, May 21, 2019 for the consideration of the report on the Delta State Housing and Real Estate bill and Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for the Delta State Criminal Bill.
The House has adjourned plenary to Thursday, May 16, 2019.