Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael EKOKORUWE:

The chairman of All branches of Irri indigenes in Diaspora, Mr. Eniye Isaac Ogbe, has condemned in strong terms the malicious false online publication by Daily Watch on 24th of October 2020 with the caption, “Alleged Theft: Irri Indigenes in Diaspora urge security agents to arrest Culprit” and described it as misleading, devoid of truth and plot by Mr. Adigheji Orahemo to cause panic and anarchy in Irri community, Isoko South local government area.

Ogbe stated that the purported publication falsely used his name to call for the arrest of Mr. Lucky Obuwaye and Chief Duke Coast by security agents for allegedly stealing and selling of BEDEC step-down and amoured cables of Irri community, noting that Orahemo has ridiculed his personality and caused tension among the people of the area through unrepentant aggrandizement.

According to Ogbe, Mr. Orahemo has lied against him and he will seek redress at the appropriate time, adding that the opinion of community stakeholders and leaders was never sought as claimed. He cautioned Orahemo to desist from using Irri indigenes in Diaspora as tool to perpetrate peddling of fake information in the community.

“Irri indigenes in Diaspora at no time saw crane lifting a stolen step-down into a heavy duty vehicle (a maximum size truck) in a broad day light as falsely published by Mr. Orahemo who also claimed that the step-down transformer and amoured cables were stolen on the 2nd of July, 2020.” Ogbe said.

According to the branch chairman, the case at Oleh police station between Orahema and Obuwaye is an individual desperation to cause disaffection and confusion between Mr. Lucky Obowaye led executives and Irri community, adding that Orahemo has become a perpetual liar that uses any person’s name to forment trouble because of greed.

Recall that, Obowaye while speaking to Journalists said, the publication alleging the theft of a mini – step – down and cables of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), in Irri community, is false and a deliberate attempt by Mr. Adigheji Orahemo and Chief N.U. Akpor to scuttle the leadership of the present administration and to create unnecessary tension in the peaceful community.

He maintained that the faulty step down sent for repairs was sold due to costs of maintenance, adding that the proceeds were channeled towards the repairs of other faulty transformers within the community.

Obowaye noted that the step – down was given to Irri community by Agip oil company as part of their MOU and not BEDC property as alleged by Mr. Adigheji. He said, the step – down was installed by late Apostle Fred Adebe in 2005.

Obowaye said, “Following the invitation of the police over the preposterous complain of Mr. Adigheji Orahemo, an apt response and clarifications over the sales of the step – down was documented just as the President General of Irri Federal Union, Chief Adonis Obuwheri condemned the invitation and asked the police to release Mr. Obowaye.

The president general urged the public to disregard the frivolous publication, assuring that Irri community has been peaceful and warned anybody making unguarded statements capable of causing crises to steer clear.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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