29 April 2004

Nigeria: Warri: 'No Delta Govt Official Was Quizzed'

Asaba — Following the killing of seven oil workers including two expatriates in Benin river, the border between Delta and Ondo States by militant youths, Delta State Government has said that no official of the state government was interrogated by security agents in relation to the incident.

A national newspaper had reported that officials of Governor James Ibori's administration may have been quizzed by security agents over the killings, but the state government said the insinuations were mischievous and misleading.

In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to Ibori on Media and Publicity, Mr Abel Oshevire and made available to THISDAY yesterday in Asaba, he said "we wish to state unequivocally that no official of the Delta State government was interrogated by the security agents."

Oshevire equally condemned the insinuations linking the killings to the unfortunate incident of ethnic challenges between the Itsekiris and Ijaws in Delta State.

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